Category Archives: Mental Health and Education

Time to adjust California’s Mental Health Services Act

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March 2015 Blog – Steinberg Institute and CBHDA response to Little Hoover Commission Report

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.CCCMHA_63_logo

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

January 2015 Blog – Steinberg Institute: Advancing Mental Health Policy

Steinberg Institute:
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