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More than $300 million in No Place Like Home money going to work

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

More good news coming out of the “No Place Like Home” bond program this week: The state of California awarded $302 million for supportive housing projects for people living with […]

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Our 2019 Legislative Package is out!

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Now in our fifth year of operation, the Steinberg Institute is capitalizing on the political momentum created by a new governor who has prioritized mental health policy by pursuing an […]

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No Place Like Home proposals are in – time to give the voters what they want

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

With a swiftness born of need, communities grappling with homelessness across California have submitted proposals to use more than all of the first $178 million tranche from Proposition 2, the […]

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SB 744 would keep supportive housing projects from getting bogged down

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

California voters resoundingly approved Proposition 2 last November authorizing the state to issue $2 billion in bonds to fund “No Place Like Home” supportive housing developments where people living with […]

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Steinberg Institute sponsors bill to ensure follow-up for patients leaving protective holds

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

Legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine would require patients to have scheduled appointments SACRAMENTO, CA – All too often, Californians suffering a mental health crisis are given emergency involuntary commitments in […]

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The Steinberg Institute supports AB 890 to grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Proposed law follows release of groundbreaking report recommending an end to outdated regulations so California can fill growing healthcare workforce gaps SACRAMENTO, CA – The Steinberg Institute hails AB 890 by […]

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Governor Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to lead new Statewide Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

For immediate release: Feb. 12, 2019 Governor Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to lead new Statewide Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom in his State […]

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Steinberg Institute appoints Patrick Hoge as Communications Director

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

The Steinberg Institute is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Patrick Hoge, who has written for newspapers and magazines for nearly three decades, as its new communications director. The occasion is […]

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Newsom Proposes Visionary Investment in Mental Health Care

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget calls for bold and strategic investments in mental health care that would set the stage for large-scale transformation and launch California into a new era of service delivery.

Newsom’s budget proposal, released Thursday, highlights the debilitating impacts of untreated mental illness on families and communities throughout California. In response, it promises aggressive investment across the treatment spectrum, vastly expanding early detection and intervention in mental illness, and infusing significant new funding into housing and treatment for people whose mental illness is already progressed and disabling.

In addition, he signaled an end to what has been a longstanding leadership vacuum in the state’s approach to mental health care, saying that in the coming weeks he would establish a new “mental health czar” to drive California toward a more visionary approach to care.

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We’re only getting started …

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dear Friends, 

We launched the Steinberg Institute on January 5, 2015, with a goal of advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of mental health. Our vision, pure and simple, was to upend the status quo and dramatically increase the profile and effectiveness of mental health policy-making in California.
This week, as we listened to Governor Gavin Newsom claim mental health as a top-tier priority in his inaugural address, we celebrated our fourth anniversary feeling gratified by what we’ve accomplished with your support and inspired as we look forward to what we know is possible. In a relatively short time frame, our small team has had an outsized impact on California policy, logging successes that never would have happened without your partnership.
California is not yet where it could be — not yet where it will be. But we have made decided gains on behalf of the tens of thousands of families in our state grappling with mental illness.
Among the accomplishments we’re proud to have helped shepherd: 

— The November 2018 passage of Proposition 2, the “No Place Like Home” initiative that will generate $2 billion to get tens of thousands of people with serious mental illness off the streets and into permanent housing linked to treatment.
— Senate Bill 1004 requiring California to adopt a statewide strategic vision for prevention and early intervention in mental illness with the aim of standardizing and scaling up best practices.

— 2018 legislation making California the first state in the nation to develop and promote workplace mental health standards.

— Partnerships with restaurant leaders and other industries to promote workplace training on mental health issues.

— Newly forged alliances that have brought bold tech entrepreneurs together with county providers to advance innovative approaches to diagnoses and treatment of mental illness. 

— Outreach and education that has grown the ranks of legislators who embrace mental health care as a priority.

— Increased training for law enforcement officers in dealing with people in psychiatric crisis.  

— Expanded requirements for suicide prevention policies in public schools.

— Expanded oversight and reporting requirements for mental health spending.

— Convenings and outreach encouraging more effective approaches to growing our mental health workforce and improving service delivery. 

And there is so much more to come. We’re honored to be among those advising the new Administration on mental health policy, and are committed to drawing on global expertise to design a road map for our state toward a more accessible, equitable and effective mental health care system. We once again will press for critical legislation to advance peer certification and a reimbursement system that supports same-day billing for physical and mental health services. We will attack disparities in the provision of physical and mental health care as an unacceptable violation of civil rights. We will continue our efforts to forge a system of care grounded in prevention and early intervention, so we are intervening well before a brain illness becomes disabling.    

Four years in, and it feels like we’re only getting started. Just think what 2019 will bring.
In partnership, 
Darrell Steinberg, Maggie Merritt and the Steinberg Institute team

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