Steinberg Institute

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.

We heard about innovations already under way that could be replicated and scaled up: Fellowships to train primary care providers in basic psychiatry. Expanding the use and role of psychiatric nurse practitioners. Standardizing training for peer providers. Emergency rooms dedicated to psychiatric crisis. Technology that turns the smart phone into a counseling session.

The speakers included Darrell Steinberg, Steinberg Institute founder and Mayor of Sacramento; Dr. Patrick Courneya, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Don Mordecai, National Leader for Mental and Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente; and the distinguished researchers and innovators whose presentations are listed below.

What were the takeaways? Those gathered agreed to push transformation through their respective areas of influence, to support promising innovations via concrete public policy, and to continue this important conversation.

Below you’ll find links to the day’s visual presentations, as well as related reports and websites. In addition, you can access a photo gallery for the event, created by Davis, CA photographer Sue Peri, who captured the day with her lens.

The Day in Photos

Access the Google album 

Forum Packet and Agenda

Growing the Mental Health Workforce: Building Capacity through Innovation

Visual Presentations:

Joe Parks, M.D., Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health
A critical gap: An overview of supply and demand in the psychiatric workforce.

Anne Bakar, President and CEO, Telecare Corp.
Building for the Future: An update on the work of the California Future Health Workforce Commission.

Karen Larsen, LMFT, Director, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency
On the frontlines: How California counties are rethinking staffing to meet demand.

Beth Phoenix, RN, PhD, FAAN, Vice-Chair, Dept. of Community Health Systems, UCSF School of Nursing
Reducing barriers: How effective use of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners can increase access to care and enhance inter-professional teams.

Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Improving outcomes with peer support: How peer providers can benefit transition settings.

David Liu,  Faculty Physician, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
The UC Irvine/UC Davis TNT Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship:  Why training primary care providers in the basics of psychiatry is a necessary next step.

Scott Zeller, M.D., Vice President, Acute Psychiatric Medicine, Vituity; & Seth Thomas, M.D., Director of Quality and Performance, Vituity
The EmPATH Model: Streamlining care with specialized psychiatric emergency services.

Glen Moriarty, CEO and Founder, 7 Cups
7 Cups of Tea: How technology is reshaping the psychiatric landscape.

Related Reports and Websites

The Psychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions, National Council for Behavioral Health, March 2017

7cups website

7cups demonstration site


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