Steinberg Institute hires government affairs director 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Maggie Merritt at 916-553-4167.

Adrienne Shilton brings years of experience in mental health policy. 

The Steinberg Institute is excited to announce it has hired Adrienne Shilton as its new government affairs director. Shilton is a recognized expert in mental health policy who has devoted her career to improving the well-being of people living with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Shilton became involved in mental health policy as a key staff person on the campaign to pass California’s 2004 Mental Health Services Act, the landmark legislation authored by former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who went on to found the Steinberg Institute. In the years since, she has worked in a variety of capacities to carry out the vision for services laid out in the law, most recently as director of intergovernmental affairs for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association.

Before joining CBHDA, Shilton was a senior associate with the nonprofit California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, and a senior policy analyst with the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies. She has been a champion for culturally relevant program design, incorporating peer support as a crucial piece of recovery, and using evaluation and outcomes-based reporting to drive strategy.

Shilton has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Knox College, and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University, Sacramento.

ABOUT THE STEINBERG INSTITUTE – Founded by Sacramento Mayor and former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the Steinberg Institute is a leading nonprofit public policy institute that promotes effective and comprehensive mental health policy; helps solve disputes among stakeholders; engages business leaders and other non-traditional stakeholders; evaluates the impact of investments; and implements a bold, best-practices vision to advance mental health services and integrated systems of care.

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