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Senate passes bill to make CA first state with voluntary workplace mental health standards

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018

Landmark legislation that would make California the first state in the nation to establish voluntary mental health standards for the workplace was approved on the Senate floor Thursday by unanimous vote and moves to the Assembly with strong bipartisan backing. SB 1113, authored by Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel, marks a bold effort to combat the stigma that still shrouds mental health in our nation and ensure mental illness is addressed with the same respect and urgency as physical illness in the workplace.

For years, employers have seen the wisdom of providing their employees with gym memberships, exercise space and nutritional snacks, having been schooled in the clear cost benefits of supporting physical well-being. SB 1113 would bring that same level of attention to supporting employee mental health.

In any given year, one in four Californians endures a mental health crisis, and yet mental health remains an uncomfortable and often unaddressed issue in many workplace settings. Research tells us that lack of attention comes at great cost for both employers and employees: Mental health issues are the single most expensive category of health costs for many employers, across all industries and sizes. The loss of employee productivity due to depression alone is estimated to cost U.S. companies as much as $44 billion per year.

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Mental Health Bills On the Move in California

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Our public policy team is pressing forward with a package of sponsored bills that so far has garnered strong support from legislators on both sides of the aisle. It’s a bold agenda that advances some key themes: scaling up best practices for prevention and early intervention in mental illness; marshaling far more resources to combat the state’s crisis of homelessness; continuing the push toward a system of care in which mental health is treated with the same sweep and urgency as physical health; and growing our mental health workforce. Read on for a snapshot of our priorities for the 2018 session.

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RAND: CA’s Mental Health Services Act Benefits Tens of Thousands in L.A. County

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

California’s Mental Health Services Act has benefitted tens of thousands of Los Angeles County residents, funding services that fostered significant improvements in mental health and wellbeing, as well as measurable gains in housing, employment and living conditions, according to findings of a new RAND Corporation report.

The 53-page report, commissioned by Los Angeles County, is the first extensive, independent analysis of the county-level impacts of the Mental Health Services Act, or Proposition 63, a millionaire’s tax approved by California voters in 2004. The researchers conclude the county is reaching a highly vulnerable and diverse population, and that overall the people engaged in those programs experience significant improvements in their mental health and life circumstances.

“There have been several audits criticizing the MHSA, but we finally have some great news to share today,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who authored the groundbreaking legislation while serving in the State Assembly. “This report demonstrates to the public what we have known for many years:  tens of thousands of people are getting desperately needed help. The MHSA is affecting thousands of lives.”

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Mental Health Delivery: The Global Forefront

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It was a day to discuss “the possible.” On Feb. 28, Senator Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, in partnership with the Steinberg Institute, hosted a remarkable briefing that featured global leaders at the forefront of innovation and transformation in mental health care delivery. These are people making a striking and measurable difference in varied aspects of care, including early prevention and intervention in youth mental health; neighborhood-centered crisis care; homeless services; community education; and eradication of stigma. Each has managed to scale up and standardize best practices across a broad population. The common threads? Bold vision; committed leadership; and clearly defined strategic objectives.

We believe there are lessons for California in understanding how these innovators have succeeded in shifting the tide. Access the link below to find the speakers’ visual presentations, a photo gallery and a video of the day’s discussions.

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Join Us Feb. 28 For A Special Capitol Briefing: The Global Forefront of Mental Health Delivery

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

State Sen. Richard Pan, in collaboration with the Steinberg Institute, will host a Capitol briefing for legislators and policymakers on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., to explore how changes in leadership, organizational structure and strategic vision could result in more effective delivery of mental health services in California.

The goal is to both educate and inspire by convening recognized leaders in the mental health community who are making a striking and measurable difference in outcomes. Among the speakers:

— Roberto Mezzina, Director of the Department of Mental Health in Trieste, Italy, who has pioneered a successful model for replacing mass institutionalization with integrated community-based care.
— Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, an effort based in Canada that translates research on brain development, addiction and mental illness into policies and practices that support healthy outcomes.
— Pat McGorry, Executive Director of Orygen, a leading research institute in Australia that has transformed that country’s approach to early intervention for youth mental health.
— Ann Sullivan, Commissioner, N.Y. State Office of Mental Health, who has advanced a statewide network dedicated to early intervention in psychosis-related illness.

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Powerhouse forum takes on critical challenges in mental health workforce

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Steinberg Institute partnered with Kaiser Permanente last month to host a high-powered forum exploring challenges facing California’s mental health workforce, and innovative strategies for rethinking and adapting our traditional models of care. Our speakers brought expertise from across the nation. The audience was composed of representatives for leading policymakers, hospital systems, health organizations, research institutes, mental health providers, government agencies and advocacy groups. And the day was devoted to solutions. Go to the full article to access the visual presentations, photo gallery and forum packet.

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Steinberg Institute is hiring a Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Director

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018

The Steinberg Institute is seeking a highly qualified person to fill the role of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Director.  The successful candidate  will possess a thorough understanding of California’s legislative and […]

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Sutter Mental Health Chief John Boyd elected president of MHSOAC

Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2017

John Boyd, Sutter Health’s CEO of Mental Health Services, will take the helm at the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Boyd brings extensive experience in brain health […]

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Governor signs bill promoting psychiatric training for California’s primary care providers

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017

The novel legislation, sponsored by the Steinberg Institute, is part of a broader effort to promote early intervention and prevention for people living with brain illness. SACRAMENTO, CA – Gov. […]

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Governor signs landmark California law to expand early intervention programs for mental illness

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017

Assembly Bill 1315 will help launch a paradigm shift for mental health care in California, fueling a move from a fail-first to a care-first model. SACRAMENTO, CA – Gov. Jerry […]

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