Signs of Hope

Signs of Hope – from leading national behavioral health policy advocate Chuck Ingoglia

At CCCBHA’s February membership meeting we were fortunate to have Chuck Ingoglia of the National Council for Behavioral Health as a presenter.  There is probably no one in behavioral health closer to the action in Washington DC and better positioned to make our case.  He had good news to report in that there is growing support for maintaining federal support for behavioral health.  He noted that everyone’s advocacy is making a difference and that the more extreme potential funding cuts are less likely to be enacted. Continue reading Signs of Hope

A Long Strange Trip – and About to Get Stranger

I have been lobbying since 1977, and with CCCBHA since 1986, and in all of those years there has never been one like 2017. One where Sacramento is totally consumed by what will, or will not, happen in Washington DC and what it might mean.

Our agencies are impacted by what it means for Medicaid, and the state and counties will act with that looming shadow.  Immigration policies create threats for many families we serve. For many of us and our staff, we have personal concerns that go beyond any of these specific issues.

These fears and uncertainties are so big that they are now part of every meeting and conversation. What we can do about it must take precedence over everything else. So, all of my blogs this year will start with this subject and my latest thinking. Continue reading A Long Strange Trip – and About to Get Stranger