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MHSA Issue Resolution Process and Complaint

Following the guidance of the May 26, 2020 San Diego County MHSA Issue Resolution Process (p217-218) I filed the following complaint as a consumer of BHS services: September 2, 2020 TO: Dr. Luke Bergmann FR: Jerry Hall, BHS Services Consumer…

BHS Information Portal Wishlist

There are so many ways data could help behavioral health systems be more effective and nimble, as well as empowering innovators in civic technology and those in any behavioral health service provider network. Share your feedback and ideas. All boats…

Time to comment on the San Diego BHS 3-Year MHSA Plan

Oddly enough, San Diego County Behavioral Health Services (BHS) delayed creating it’s MHSA 3-Year Plan and released it to the public last night. That document is here. If you take off to read it I understand but, check back here…

Public Comment – BHAB Inability to do our work

August 4, 2020Public CommentBoard of SupervisorsCounty of San Diego Good morning Chairman Cox and Members of the Board. My name is Jerry Hall. Although I serve on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, I am here speaking as an individual. I…

Public Comment to Board of Supervisors

ITEM 5 –  RECEIVE UPDATE ON ADVANCING THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONTINUUM OF CARE THROUGH REGIONAL COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION My name is Jerry Hall. Although I serve on the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, I am here speaking as an individual. When…

Simple Ways to Improve Transparency

The San Diego County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) is tasked among other things with ensuring state law is met. Including the nexus of the law being that: Counties shall demonstrate a partnership with constituents and stakeholders throughout the process…

Mental health consumers pleading for help… who’s listening?

I can only imagine what a fully engaged mental-health consumer community looks like. I hear of the the challenges people face when entering into our county jail system. Of the number of deaths by suicide. The significant number of people…

Community Engagement – Mental Health & Alcohol & Other Drugs

Introduction to MHSA – (cut to the chase below)The Bronzan-McCorquodale Act (aka the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)) is a funding source consisting of a 1% tax collected on revenues California millionaires that earn over $1m annually. All told, the…

BHS 5-Year Strategic Employment Plan (2020-2024)

30-day Review Period MHSA Five Year Strategic Employment Plan FY 2020 – 2024 (The Plan) Click here to download San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services is pleased to provide a draft of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Behavioral Health Work…

California’s Behavioral System Data

When I attend a wide variety of Behavioral Health meetings in San Diego County focused on mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, especially when related to criminal justice issues, I hear a common theme as we consider improving the type and…

FY 2019-20 MHSA Update Feedback

This is the public-comment feedback I submitted regarding the MHSA FY 2019-20 Annual Update [DRAFT] the San Diego County BHS department is required to submit to the MHSOAC: What made the report:Here’s the summary of my letter making the report.…

Focus on Topics

This is a dynamic post that will be updated periodically. We’ll update the post date above whenever significant edits have been made. These are the topics we will be exploring. Although the primary example I use is the San Diego…

BHAB and State-Mandated Responsibilities

The following are excerpts of key California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) provisions that mandate responsibilities of county Behavioral Health Advisory Boards. WIC 5604.2(a) – Local mental health board responsibilities: Review and evaluate the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities,…

Gloria Introduces Bill to Address $2B in Unspent Excess MHSA Funds

Assemblymember Gloria Vows to Tackle Local Lack of Mental Health Services & Accrual of Billions in MHSA Funds SACRAMENTO, CA – Minutes after being sworn in to his second term, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced his intention…

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