The Steinberg Institute
We are an independent, nonprofit public policy institute dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of brain health. We believe that mental health is the under-attended issue of our time.
WHAT WE DO
The Future of Mental Health
Our founder, Darrell Steinberg, gives a passionate speech in this TEDx talk about the injustice that those with mental illness frequently face when trying to receive treatment. Darrell has been fighting consistently to improve mental health policy in California since the late 1990s as a member of the state Assembly, as state Senate President pro Tem, and currently as mayor of Sacramento and the governor’s appointed leader of a new state Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing. Among other achievements, Darrell was the co-author of the 2004 state initiative that imposed a 1 percent tax on incomes over $1 million, also called the California Mental Health Services Act, which this year will raise $2.4 billion.
On Monday Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 154 – Budget Act of 2022. The Steinberg Institute commends state leaders for their continued commitment to mental health and substance use disorder needs. The budget includes investments to address the state’s severe behavioral health workforce shortage, launch the new 988 suicide and crisis line, and provide bridge housing for people experiencing homelessness with serious mental illness.
We are excited to announce an important addition to the Steinberg Institute team. Corey Hashida joins the Steinberg Institute as Senior Advocate.
Corey will work with fellow Senior Advocate Tara Gamboa-Eastman on our legislative, policy and budget priorities. This year we are tackling key initiatives to rebuild our mental health and substance use workforce, implement the new 988 crisis line and update the Mental Health Services Act to ensure its impact is fully realized.