To the Family Education & Resource Center

The Family Education and Resource Center (FERC) is a family and caregiver-centered program that provides information, education, advocacy, and support services to family/caregivers of children, adolescents, transitional age youth, adults, and older adults with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness living in all regions of Alameda County. FERC is a program of the Mental Health Association of Alameda County (MHAAC).

“You saved my son. You saved me.”

“I don’t know where we’d be as a family if it wasn’t for FERC.”
“You saved my son’s life and got him REAL help!”
“There should be more FERCs out there!”
“Thank you for telling me that I matter too.”
“For the first time in over 20 years, I finally feel listened to and heard!”

Support for Families & Caregivers

Of Children & Adults


Our family-centered programs provide free education, advocacy, and support to family caregivers of a loved one with mental health conditions living in all regions of Alameda County.


Crisis Support Services of Alameda County offer support to people of all ages and backgrounds during times of crisis or difficulty. You can reach the 24-Hour Crisis Line anytime by calling 988.


Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is the lead agency providing coordination of mental health and substance use services in Alameda County for children, youth, adults and seniors.

“My mental health diagnosis is not my identiy. There is a silver lining, and with meditation and community I am now living a wonderful and fulfilling life. This experience has brought me closer to my family, and we are all stronger for it. I now have a plan for when I am experiencing a crisis, thanks to WRAP and FERC. I want to share that people do get better. Do not give up.”

– Mental Health Consumer Y.

Contact Us

To Get the Support You Need

Being a caregiver can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Family Education & Resource center supports the families and caregivers of children, youth, adults, and seniors working through mental health challenges. Our dedicated team, extensive program offerings, peer support groups, and resource library are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to connect with an advocate.