Public Policy Research

Public Policy Research

Vision 2030 is our initiative to intervene in the mental health and substance use humanitarian crisis gripping California and ultimately have care systems in this state that are rising to the challenge and helping people.

A vital part of meeting our Vision 2030 goals is our Public Policy Research and Systems Change Initiative, leveraging data to bring greater transparency to behavioral health spending in California, tracking associated outcomes for those receiving care. The Steinberg Institute’s North Star for this initiative is based on our commitment to ensure the most vulnerable among us are provided with a continuum of care that results in their ability to thrive and live their lives with dignity. We are confident that by creating transparency through independent research and data analysis, we will be able to tell this story in a way that inspires transformational systems change.

Vision 2030 Goals:

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Modernize and strengthen California's behavioral health workforce to meet the diverse needs of the entire state.

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Reduce the number of unhoused people with mental illness or substance use disorder by half.

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Reduce the number of people entering hospital emergency departments due to behavioral health crises by half.

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Reduce the number of people with mental illness entering our criminal justice system by half.

Research Advisory Committee

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Our Latest Research

Counties have flexibility in using public safety realignment funds to support behavioral health services in their communities. This flexibility allows counties to tailor local services but puts the burden of identifying and selecting the best available programs and practices on the counties.

Too many Californians with significant behavioral health needs find themselves languishing in our jails while their illness is left untreated. Counties report that about 43 percent of the roughly 60,000 people in county jails have an open mental health case. This figure has risen by more than 20 percent over the past 15 years

Today, the Steinberg Institute released Misaligned: California’s Local Public Safety Funding Doesn’t Meet Today’s Needs, a policy brief examining how California’s counties allocate state funding dedicated to reducing recidivism by funding evidence-based interventions, such as behavioral health services.

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