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What would we teach long-term Community Stakeholders?

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]

Facts and Data about mental illness in the USA – the range of conditions people experience in our community by illness type and demographics. [MHA, SAMSHA, CrisisTrends]

Crisis response strategies – what are various tools used by communities available for those in crisis?[MCRT, PERT, IHOT}

What are the different levels and types of conservatorships – the practices used to identify, detain, and treat others potentially against their will. [CA Courts, CA Leg 5150-52, AOT/Laura’s Law)

How does the county identify and serve our mental health needs? [A/OA, CYF, Providers and Services]

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.

Note: Some descriptions originated from the pages cited for that item.

Thanks for the pic Edvin Johansson @ Unsplash!

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