“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
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.
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.