Join Us Feb. 28 For A Special Capitol Briefing: The Global Forefront of Mental Health Delivery

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us at the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 28, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., to hear insights from a remarkable gathering of global leaders at the forefront of innovation and transformation in mental health care delivery. State Senator Richard Pan, chair of Senate Budget Subcommittee #3, Health and Human Services, is hosting a special briefing for legislators and policymakers 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 of the briefing is to both educate and inspire by convening recognized leaders in the mental health community who are making a striking and measurable difference in approach and outcomes in states and nations that excel in various aspects of delivery. These are changemakers who can speak to what’s possible in this critical arena of healthcare. We believe there are lessons for California in understanding how these innovators have succeeded in shifting the tide.

Participants in the hearing include:

  • Roberto Mezzina, Director of the Department of Mental Health in Trieste, Italy, who has pioneered a successful model for replacing mass institutionalization with compassionate, integrated community-based care.
  • Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director of the Palix Foundation, which established the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, an effort based in Alberta, 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 prevention and intervention in psychosis-related illness.
  • Anne Bakar, CEO of Telecare Corp., one of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of behavioral health services; and a commissioner on the California Future Health Workforce Commission.
  • Steven Adelsheim, Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health; and leader of PEPPNET, the national clinical network for early psychosis programs.
  • John Boyd, CEO of Mental Health Services for the Sutter Health system; and chairman of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.
  • Darrell Steinberg, Steinberg Institute founder; author of California’s 2004 Mental Health Services Act; and Mayor of Sacramento.

The hearing will take place February 28, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the California State Capitol, Room 447. You can access links here to the formal agenda and speaker biographies.

We think it will be a powerful and encouraging presentation, and hope you will join us.

In Partnership,

Maggie Merritt
Executive Director
Steinberg Institute

(916) 553-4167


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