Steinberg Institute

Gov. Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to co-chair homeless task force and Dr. Tom Insel to be a key advisor on mental health policy

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Gov. Gavin Newsom at a press conference Tuesday charged two of the Steinberg Institute’s leaders – Founder Darrell Steinberg and Board Member Dr. Tom Insel – with […]

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SB 744 would keep supportive housing projects from getting bogged down

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

California voters resoundingly approved Proposition 2 last November authorizing the state to issue $2 billion in bonds to fund “No Place Like Home” supportive housing developments where people living with […]

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Steinberg Institute sponsors bill to ensure follow-up for patients leaving protective holds

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

Legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine would require patients to have scheduled appointments SACRAMENTO, CA – All too often, Californians suffering a mental health crisis are given emergency involuntary commitments in […]

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The Steinberg Institute supports AB 890 to grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Proposed law follows release of groundbreaking report recommending an end to outdated regulations so California can fill growing healthcare workforce gaps SACRAMENTO, CA – The Steinberg Institute hails AB 890 by […]

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Governor Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to lead new Statewide Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Governor Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to lead new Statewide Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom in his State of the State address Tuesday named […]

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Steinberg Institute appoints Patrick Hoge as Communications Director

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Steinberg Institute is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Patrick Hoge, who has written for newspapers and magazines for nearly three decades, as its new communications director. The occasion is […]

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Newsom Proposes Visionary Investment in Mental Health Care

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget calls for bold and strategic investments in mental health care that would set the stage for large-scale transformation and launch California into a new era of service delivery.

Newsom’s budget proposal, released Thursday, highlights the debilitating impacts of untreated mental illness on families and communities throughout California. In response, it promises aggressive investment across the treatment spectrum, vastly expanding early detection and intervention in mental illness, and infusing significant new funding into housing and treatment for people whose mental illness is already progressed and disabling.

In addition, he signaled an end to what has been a longstanding leadership vacuum in the state’s approach to mental health care, saying that in the coming weeks he would establish a new “mental health czar” to drive California toward a more visionary approach to care.

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Governor Agrees: Time for CA to get strategic about early intervention in mental illness

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 1004, marking a watershed moment for the delivery of mental health care in California. The bill will ensure far more families across the state have access to high-quality mental health services that aim to intervene before a brain illness becomes disabling. By requiring California to be more strategic in its approach to prevention and early intervention in mental illness, SB 1004 has the potential to change the lives of tens of thousands of Californians at risk of a serious brain illness and ultimately to turn the tide in our homelessness crisis.

SB 1004, co-authored by Senators Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, was the Steinberg Institute’s priority legislation for 2018. It marks a major step in our efforts to standardize and scale up access to high-quality prevention and early intervention (PEI) programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act. That’s the millionaire’s tax passed in 2004 that now generates $2.2 billion a year for mental health care in California.

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Proposition 2: Key Questions and Answers

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

What is Proposition 2?

Proposition 2 will provide permanent supportive housing linked to treatment and services to help people with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Why do we need Proposition 2?

We have a homelessness crisis in California that is straining our neighborhoods, businesses and public services.  More than 134,000 Californians are living on the streets and as many as one-third of them are suffering from untreated mental illness. We also know the solution: Research shows that providing permanent supportive housing, linked to intensive services, has proven successful at getting people who are homeless and have a serious mental illness off the streets and into effective care. A recent RAND analysis that tracked a permanent supportive housing program in Los Angeles County found the foundation of housing helped get more than 3,500 people off the streets since 2012 and reduced taxpayer costs by 20 percent.

Who is the target population to be served?

Prop 2 will help adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disorders and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

How does Proposition 2 work?

Prop 2 builds permanent supportive housing linked to mental health treatment and services – at no new cost for taxpayers – under a $2 billion bond. The bond will be financed using the Mental Health Services Act, also known as Proposition 63, the millionaire’s tax passed by California voters in 2004 that now generates $2.2 billion annually to improve mental health care across the state. Prop 2 will use just 6 percent of the annual revenue generated under the Act, with funding going to local communities and all California counties to support planning and construction of permanent supportive housing. The housing must be linked to support services for residents that are on site or easily accessible.

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Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Prevention and Early Intervention Mental Health Programs Passes Assembly

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Victor Ruiz-Cornejo, victor.ruiz-cornejo@sen.ca.gov, 415.604.6817

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 1004, a bipartisan bill to expand effective prevention and early intervention programs for children, teenagers, young adults, and underserved individuals experiencing early signs of severe mental illness passed the California Assembly by a vote of 61-0. SB 1004 now heads to the Senate for its final vote.

SB 1004 requires a much more structured and strategic approach to prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA),passed by California voters in 2004 through Proposition 63 to provide funding for community-based mental health services

The bill is sponsored by the Steinberg Institute, founded by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who authored Prop 63.

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