Our Impact


Prevention & Early Intervention

  • Inspired the first of its kind public-private partnership to fund evidenced-based treatment for the early detection of psychosis and other symptoms of serious mental illness in young people before they become disabling.
  • Primary care providers now receive the basic training they need to recognize the symptoms of common brain health conditions, and provide appropriate treatment or referrals.
  • Played a significant role in securing over $4 billion dedicated to youth behavioral health services and supports in Governor Gavin Newsom’s state budget.
Teen speaking with a counselor

Crisis Care & Response

  • Established California as the first state in the nation to require true parity, commercial health insurers are now required to cover needed mental health and addiction services, just as they cover treatment for physical health.
  • A 20-year gap in services for foster youth was closed by creating an immediate transfer of services and payment to ensure that these vulnerable young people receive an uninterrupted continuum of care when moving from one county to another.
  • Led the way to ensure the state develops and promotes the first-ever voluntary standards for workplace mental health. It’s time people who live with a mental illness are accommodated at work.
  • California law enforcement now receives increased training for de-escalation techniques, decreasing the likelihood of deadly outcomes when responding to psychiatric crisis calls.
  • Secured $20 million to launch California’s 988 hotline for mental health crisis calls, ensuring California leads the way in connecting people in crisis with trained mental health professionals. 
Be Well Orange County crisis response team


  • The state is now required to collect critical data on board and care homes that provide a crucial housing option for people with severe mental illness.
  • Secured the Governor’s, legislature’s, and voters’ support to leverage up to $2 billion in bonds, by redirecting existing state funds to build up to 20,000 permanent supportive housing units for people who are homeless and live with a serious mental illness. 
  • Instead of discharging homeless patients onto the street, hospitals now must develop discharge plans, better ensuring they end up in a safe place.
Homeless person on sidewalk

Behavioral Health Workforce

  • Brought California in line with the rest of the nation by creating a peer support specialists certification process. Now people with lived experience who have received training can provide (and be paid for) invaluable support to people seeking care. 
  • Made an immediate impact on the workforce shortage by allowing licensed nurse practitioners to work at the top of their license without direct physician oversight.
Group meeting

Securing Mental Health Funding

The Steinberg Institute’s efforts have led to nearly $5 BILLION DOLLARS toward initiatives impacting all Californians 


Proposition 2: Establishing the No Place Like Home Program, financing permanent housing for people with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for chronic homelessness


Addressing California’s homelessness crisis through evidenced-based solutions and mental health treatment 


Increasing access to mental health resources for California’s students, including drop-in centers, school/county partnerships, workforce development and trauma screening programs


Prevention and Early Intervention: Early intervention services for California county mental health departments and increasing access to the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline by adding additional languages


Dedicated funding to launch the 988 crisis line in California, connecting callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through an easy to remember three digit number

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