It was a day to discuss “the possible.”
On February 28, Senator Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, in partnership with the Steinberg Institute, hosted a remarkable briefing that featured global leaders at the forefront of innovation and transformation in mental health care delivery. These are people making a striking and measurable difference in varied aspects of care, including early prevention and intervention in youth mental health; neighborhood-centered crisis care; homeless services; community education; and eradication of stigma. Each has managed to scale up and standardize best practices across a broad population. The common threads? Bold vision; committed leadership; and defined strategic objectives.
The goal of the briefing was both to educate and inspire. With bold new leadership in key sectors of the mental health community, California stands at a pivotal juncture to transform and advance our own system of care. We believe there are lessons for our state in understanding how these innovators have succeeded in shifting the tide.
Below you’ll find links to the speakers’ visual presentations and biographies. In addition, you can access a photo gallery created by gifted photographer Sue Peri, of Davis, CA, with an assist from Senate photographer Lorie Leilani Shelly; and view the day’s discussions on video.
The Day in Photos
The Day in Video
Roberto Mezzina, MD, Director of the Department of Mental Health in Trieste, Italy
Weaving a Community Safety Net: How an Italian city replaced mass asylums with a network of neighborhood clinics
Nicole Sherren, PhD, Scientific Director of the Palix Foundation and Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
Engaging the Masses: How a Canadian foundation upended the public conversation around mental health
Pat McGorry, MD, Executive Director of Orygen, a leading research institute in Australia
Whole-Person Care: Australia’s revolutionary approach to youth mental health
Ann Sullivan, MD, Commissioner, N.Y. State Office of Mental Health
Bringing Prevention Programs to Scale: How New York effects statewide transformation in a county-led system
Steven Adelsheim, MD, Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health
From Stage 4 to Stage 1: Why California needs to shift the treatment paradigm from crisis care to early intervention
Anne Bakar, CEO of Telecare Corp.
Full Service Partnerships: A view into what works in California’s delivery model
John Boyd, PsyD, Chairman of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
A Bold New Horizon: A vision for California