The MHSA Community Program Planning (CPP) processes include provisions and funding to train community stakeholders so that they can in turn give more informed feedback.
What topics could we cover to get stakeholders up to speed? For starters how about:
Types and characteristics of mental disorders (or illness) – conditions that affect your thinking, feeling, mood, and behavior. [NAMI, MedLine, WebMD]
The Social Determinants of Health – or the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. [CDC]
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. [CDC]
Types of treatments for Mental disorders or illnesses – the various approaches in helping alleviate impacts of mental illness through medication, therapy, or psychosocial [NAMI]
Mental health services funding – where does the money come from to help residents with or without insurance? [MHSA, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Private Insurance]
These are just a sample of the many areas we could educate stakeholders so they can more meaningfully participate.
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