H&I carries the message of recovery from alcoholism to the alcoholic who is not able to get to a meeting, perhaps an older woman in a board and care facility; a teenager who needs help in a hospital;
a young man in rehabilitation; patients in a locked psychiatric ward; the still suffering alcoholics that are incarcerated.
There are many institutions, jails, prisons, treatment facilities, and rehabs, in the S.F. Bay Area that are served by AA members of the Hospitals and Institutions Committee.
Northern California Hospital and Institution Committee: Carrying the message of AA to the alcoholic who is confined.
The only purpose of this committee is to carry the message of AA to alcoholics in Corrections and Treatment facilities and facilities serving alcoholics in Northern CA. The activities of this committee are based on, and governed by, the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Northern California H&I Committee is an independent Ninth Tradition service committee of Alcoholics Anonymous, carrying the message of recovery to the alcoholic who is confined.
Note: This committee cooperates with East Bay Intergroup and the General Service structure.
Before there was a “Big Book”, Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the “AA Grapevine” or General Service — before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature — before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where “one drunk talked to another.” Actually there were two drunks, Dr. Bob and Bill W., talking to Bill D. on June 26, 1935 (Big Book, pg.156 “Anonymous Number Three”, pg. 182). That was the first H&I panel some 85 years ago.
The institution that provided the catalyst for the H&I Committee was San Quintin prison in California, when the warden of that institution read an article in a national publication about AA and its success. Warden Duffy ordered a “Big Book” from New York and invited the local groups to bring AA meetings into San Quentin in 1942.
In 1946 the Hospital and Institutions Committee was formed.
Since those pioneering days, the Northern California H&I Committee has evolved into a fully functional, independent service committee, with over 44 Areas represented and thousands of volunteers participating in our service work. Northern California H&I provides almost 33,000 meetings a year, serving 25 major State and Federal Institutions, hundreds of local jails, hospitals, rehabilitation/recovery centers and other community facilities in Northern California.
Following are the three basic positions available for doing service to the H&I committee in your Area.
We suggest you start out with only one or two commitments, for example a Meeting Volunteer and/or an H&I Group Representative – you can always add more later.
The AA groups of H&I Area 53, covers all of Alameda County, including the El Cerrito Fellowship.
To that end, we encourage your group to send a voting H&I group representative to the Area Business Meeting.
As with other service committees, the function of this representative is to bring the voice of the
individual group to the NorCal Area 53 H&I Committee and take vital information about H&I back to their group.
Purpose: to provide a system to connect inmates who wish to avail themselves of outside sponsorship with outside volunteers willing to perform that service. Volunteers for this service CANNOT also go into the institution as regular H&I Meeting Volunteers
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Next general committee meeting:
Sunday October 9, 2022
11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting Info
Meeting ID: 872 5694 4555
Phone dial in: +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 317 259 5765
H&I business meeting is also the 1st Wednesday of the month @ 7:30 pm.
Funding for our committee’s activities is provided by contributions collected in the H&I Pink Cans passed at AA meetings, and by other contributions from individual members and groups. Over the years, these monies have enabled us to provide books to tens of thousands of confined alcoholics who would otherwise not have access to the life-saving message of AA’s literature. Because we are governed by the Twelve Traditions and guided by the spiritual principles embodied in the Twelve Concepts, H&I is committed to full transparency and accountability in all our financial activities.