Whether you’re a veteran mental health advocate or a newly inducted legislative staffer, keeping track of all the acronyms used in mental health policies and legislation can get overwhelming. So, we’re here to help reduce the number of times you have to google what “BHCIP” (pronounced BEE-CHIP despite its spelling) is. Or you’re left wondering whether when someone say’s “CSU” in a conversation about mental health crises if they’re talking about a California State University. Spoiler alert: they aren’t.
We are excited to announce an important addition to the Steinberg Institute team. Corey Hashida joins the Steinberg Institute as Senior Advocate. Corey will work with fellow Senior Advocate Tara Gamboa-Eastman on our legislative, policy and budget […]
Each May during Mental Health Awareness Month, the Steinberg Institute announces our Mental Health Champions. We believe it is important to celebrate folks who are having an outsized impact on the mental health of their fellow Californians. They are often unsung heroes, working directly with folks in need of mental health support.
Lee Davis says flatly that without involuntary treatment for her raging psychosis, she would be dead. “It saved my life.” A mental health activist, she chairs the Alameda County Mental Health Advisory Board, which advises the board of supervisors and county officials on mental health policy. Davis acknowledges hers is not a popular view among disability rights advocates, who largely oppose any kind of “forced” treatment for mental illness.
here are many unsung heroes among us — dedicated to bettering the mental health of their fellow Californians. Each May during Mental Health Awareness Month we announce our Mental Health Champions and share their stories, with the hopes of honoring them and inspiring others whose selfless work inspires us all.
Navigating complex public health systems and social services can be painfully difficult for those who don’t understand it, and California’s mental health system is no exception. For some people, not knowing what public mental health services are available or which ones they qualify for can prevent them from seeking care. For others, challenges finding mental health providers who speak the same language are a barrier. In many communities, community health workers offer critical relief to this problem.
If you are the parent or guardian of school-aged children, then you likely are aware of the toll the pandemic has taken on their mental health. Our children and youth are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and loneliness during this challenging time. It’s critical that schools have mental health services so that every child thrives. California’s policy-makers need to understand how essential it is to set this generation on a path to mental wellness. We now have additional information to help guide the way.
Can you guess who they are? A political power broker who fell into a deep depression – and then publicly shared his story rather than keeping it secret. A clinically trained psychologist who decided her greatest impact […]