A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California’s mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living. Published in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, this study has important implications for the way that states finance and deliver mental health programs, and speaks to the effectiveness of well-funded, comprehensive community programs.
Amid a continued increasing demand for services, county mental health officials are seeking extra staff to alleviate pressure on emergency rooms, law enforcement and better serve wide-reaching rural areas.
The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health will be applying for a state grant of $8,113,495, which would support 25 extra personnel for more than three years, county officials say — 15 DBH staff and 10 contract provider staff dedicated to sheriff’s stations, family resource centers, psychiatric hospitals and geographically-disadvantaged locations.
NAMI California Board of Directors member Roger Greenbaum detailed the accomplishments of NAMI California's stigma reduction programs at the monthly board meeting of the California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES). Greenbaum, pictured at right with Chris Holmes, President Elect and Region 8 representative, detailed the presentations made through the signature programs: Parents & Teachers as Allies and Ending the Silence.
Mark Gale, serving as co-coordinator of the California Treatment Advocacy Coalition, Los Angeles, received The Community Champion Award in recognition of his “incredible advocacy work” in Los Angeles and in the state as a whole. He has been involved in criminal justice and mental health initiatives as a member of the NAMI Board, a chair of several NAMI committees, a member of several work groups for the Administrative Office of the Courts.
An expert on conditions of confinement testified this week that mental illnesses of inmates in California’s prisons are allowed to worsen for months – and sometimes years – in segregated isolation, while their plight makes it easier to manage them.