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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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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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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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Steinberg Institute’s Maggie Merritt to Help Shape Future Health Workforce

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Steinberg Institute Executive Director Maggie Merritt has been appointed to a key advisory committee that will help inform the work of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, a high-powered panel […]

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CA Legislature sends governor two game-changing mental health bills

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017

Taken together, Assembly Bills 1315 and 1340 would help launch a paradigm shift for mental health care in California, fueling a move from a fail-first to a care-first model. SACRAMENTO, […]

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Senate unanimously passes landmark measure to expand early intervention for mental illness

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AB 1315 would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to expand evidence-based models for early detection, prevention and intervention of psychosis and serious mood disorders. SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Senate […]

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Senate passes legislation urging basic psychiatric training for primary care providers

Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The novel legislation, sponsored by the Steinberg Institute, now is just one step away from the Governor’s desk.  SACRAMENTO – The California Senate unanimously approved novel legislation Tuesday that would help […]

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Landmark measure to fund early intervention for mental illness moves to full Senate

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017

AB 1315 would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to expand evidence-based models for early detection, prevention and intervention of psychosis and serious mood disorders. SACRAMENTO, CA – A landmark measure […]

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