Early psychosis programs began about 20 years ago in Melbourne Australia led by a psychiatrist who observed data showing that there was an incredibly greater recovery rate among those people with schizophrenia who were first seen within a few months after the onset of psychosis.
Their program demonstrated that for that population they were able to achieve a success rate of 80% being discharged from the intensive treatment program to medication only after 18 months and full time employment or education as compared to a success rate of only about 20% for people for whom treatment is delayed for more than a year after the initial experience of psychosis.
This success has generally been replicated in other programs. Until recently, nearly all such programs were small “pilot” programs including about a dozen funded by the MHSA in California.
Continue reading Early Psychosis Programs – taking it to scale
Imagine enough resources to provide permanent supportive housing for the thousands of homeless mentally ill and to provide robust mental health services for college students on all our public college campuses without raising a dime of additional state or local dollars.
The vision described is possible with modest adjustments to the Mental Health Services Act, or MHSA, otherwise known as the 2004 ballot initiative, Proposition 63.
Continue reading Time to adjust California’s Mental Health Services Act
Steinberg Institute and CBHDA response to Little Hoover Commission Report
What we can show now and what still needs to be done
Early this year the state’s Little Hoover Commission released a report that included a press release stating that there was a lack of data to determine if Proposition 63 is achieving its goals.
On March 11th Darrell Steinberg led a press conference, joined by several county mental health leaders, to present data that shows that the Full Service Partnership program representing 40% of Proposition 63 funds is accomplishing its goals of reducing homelessness by 50% , incarcerations by 80%, emergency room use by 80% and psychiatric hospitalizations by 40%. Continue reading March 2015 Blog – Steinberg Institute and CBHDA response to Little Hoover Commission Report
Advancing Mental Health Policy
A unique and powerful new ally from our best friend ever
California’s mental health community has enjoyed an incredible run of legislative support over the past 16 years led by Darrell Steinberg, who is probably the first person elected to declare from the outset that his highest priority was to provide funding to support community mental health – especially for people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness due to their severe mental illness. His legislation in the Assembly laid the foundation for Proposition 63 which he co-authored with me. In the Senate he rose to the most powerful position in the legislature as Senate President Pro Tem. In the first few years, during a devastating state recession and budget deficits, all he could do was to minimize the losses. Finally in his last two years in office he was able to successfully get mental health front and center in the fight for very limited state budget funds for expansion of programs.
Continue reading January 2015 Blog – Steinberg Institute: Advancing Mental Health Policy