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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 who die while in custody. I see our homeless population being challenged on a daily basis by police departments not…

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 MHSA funds about 35% of California’s mental health services. The MHSA requires counties to establish an Advisory Board composed in…

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 Well Five Year Strategic Employment Plan FY 2020 – 2024 (The Plan) for your review and comment.  The Plan builds…

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 levels of service to help affected clients. That theme is the lack of access to organized data. Either we’re told…

AB 1352 Community Mental Health Services, Mental Health Boards

AB 1352 Assembly Bill No. 1352 CHAPTER 460 Five votes: 2 in committee, 2 in Assembly, 1 in senate = 225 Yea and 0 Nay An act to amend Sections 5604, 5604.2, 5604.3, 5604.5, and 5848 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health. [Approved by Governor October 2, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State October 2, 2019.]…

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. “Online 9/1/19 A public comment letter addressed multiple points.Comments included reference to the outcomes data in the report and a…

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 County Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB), this information may be useful to any body focused on the behavioral and physical…

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, and special problems. Review any county agreements entered into pursuant to Section 5650. Advise the governing body and the local…

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 to address the accrual of billions of dollars in unspent Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds currently sitting in the…

San Diego County Has Cut Jail & Prison Return Rates by 50%!

If it costs county taxpayers 26 Times more to put someone back in jail than a helping hand to stay out, why are we not fully funding Project In-Reach? The San Diego County Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Project In-Reach program successfully helps incarcerated individuals with substance abuse and or mental health disorders prepare for re-entry back into society. Participants focus…

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