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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 to see how you can help.

One concern is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors already had their annual Budget release, public hearings, and final approval of the FY2020-21 budget.

The reason that’s interesting is because, isn’t the whole point of a 3-Year Plan is to illustrate the strategic and tactical things BHS will do to address our behavioral challenges and opportunities – and determine through public discourse what programs might be enhanced or cut back, for the next three fiscal years – thus affecting the budget?

We can’t fix this year but, we are definitely working to fix this so the public is not the last ones to learn what BHS plans on how to address the county’s behavioral health challenges.

So, read up if you’d like. It’s a whopper so focus in on the areas of most interest to you be it the Community Planning Process (arguably in need of extensive process reform), the report from the Community Engagement sessions held this January-February, the overall and detailed program reports, and a wide range of outcome dashboards and metrics.

September 3, 2020 marks the beginning of the 30-day period for public input. Since the Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) also just got the copy, we’re just able to digest it ourselves. Many of us are eager to learn what you think. Check back to BHABrehab.com and I’ll report ways you can submit your feedback officially. Feel free to leave your comments on this site as well. And please share what you learn and care about via social media. This is your plan.

At the end of the day, the final opportunity for public comment will be at the following BHAB held on October 1, 2020 at 2:30-5pm.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning more how to help improve BHAB and our work our next Building a Better BHAB Workgroup committee meetings are from 2-3:30, the third Wednesday of the month (9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16) and you are absolutely invited. I’ll post up virtual meeting details asap. Finally, check the BHAB meeting packet for tomorrow’s meeting here. The last last three items in the packet is what our workgroup has been focused on, including an outline of our plan for the remaining year.

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