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“Social movements happen when people decide they want them to happen. Let’s make this one happen and end the incredible amount of unnecessary suffering that goes on for too many people, for too many families.”

— Darrell Steinberg, Steinberg Institute founder and Sacramento Mayor


Fact Sheets 

Suicide Trends in the U.S.

The Cost Benefits of Prevention and Early Intervention 

How the Private Sector Can Invest in Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness 

How Primary Care Providers Can Help Solve Our Psychiatrist Shortage

Why UC Davis is Training Primary Care Providers in Psychiatric Care 


Key Reports

  • The Turning Point: Getting on the Road to Ending the Over-Incarceration of People with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs – This 2018 report by ACLU California explores California’s brutal reliance on prisons to house people living with mental illness. The report lays out 40 recommendations for ending the cycle of over-incarceration.
  • California’s Current and Future Behavioral Health Workforce – In this 2018 report, the Healthforce Center at UCSF analyzes the state of California’s mental health workforce and projects future needs.
  • California Health Care Almanac – In its 2018 report “For Too Many, Care Not There,” the California Health Care Foundation draws on the most recent data available to provide an updated overview of mental health trends in California, including disease prevalence, suicide rates and treatment demand.
  • RAND Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act in L.A. County – California’s Mental Health Services Act has benefited tens of thousands of Los Angeles County residents, funding services that fostered significant improvements in mental health and well-being, as well as measurable gains in housing, employment and living conditions, according to findings of a 2018 RAND Corporation report.
  • The Psychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions – In its seminal 2017 report, the National Council For Behavioral Health lays out the factors fueling the nation’s declining psychiatric workforce and potential solutions.
  • 2016 Evaluation: MHSA Program Outcomes – In May 2016, the Steinberg Institute, in partnership with the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, conducted an evaluation of outcomes related to a broad spectrum of programs funded through the 2004 Mental Health Services Act. The analysis included programs classified as full-service partnerships, which provide intensive wraparound services to people with serious mental illness, as well as programs aimed at prevention and early intervention. The review found FSP services correlated with a marked reduction in homelessness, arrests, and hospitalizations for clients; and that PEI services correlated with a reduction in psychotic symptoms, reduction in substance abuse, fewer hospitalizations; higher employment rates; and increased quality of life.
  • MHSA 101 – A primer on California’s landmark 2004 Mental Health Services Act.