During the second leg of my trip from Sacramento to Hartford, I witnessed an extraordinary display of willful and blatant connection the likes of which I have seldom seen.Read More
California’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 health budget trailer bill, AB 1810, included a significant change in state law to create new opportunities for justice system-involved individuals living with mental illness.Read More
Since federal laws and regulations supersede state authority, CBHDA is watching important issues and advocating for counties in the U.S. Congress. Click the link below for a list of crucial issues you should be aware of:Read More
According to the Department of Finance, California is projecting to invest over $2.4 Billion for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded services for the upcoming budget. Of this amount, $2.009 billion is projected to be provided as local assistance in FY 2019-20 to counties for local MHSA services.Read More
Ellen was staying at a local homeless shelter.
Skip had been homeless on and off for years.
Karly suffered from agoraphobia and depression which led to excessive drinking.
All three of these individuals enrolled into the Placer County Whole Person Care program and through their hard work and the guidance of dedicated case managers they are now all stably housed.Read More
Mental illness is a scary thing, not just for those like me who live with it, but for most everyone else. So much so that the mere mention of the subject is apt to invoke terror in the hearts and minds of many.Read More
“Home is where one starts from.” These are simple words from a poem by T.S. Eliot. Home is not only where we start from, but also where we go throughout our lives – for comfort in times of sadness, for celebration in times of joy and for daily support and love.Read More
“Depression must surely be the first cousin to hell on earth, for in the midst of suffering, the soul often feels hopeless and separated from God.”—Dr. Beverly YahnkeRead More
On November 6th, 2018 voters went to the polls and elected in the new California State Assembly and Senate for the 2019-2020 session. The national trend of a “blue wave” was seen in the California State Legislature with the Democrats reclaiming a super-majority in the Senate and expanding their super-majority in the Assembly.Read More
The word “mentor” often generates images of a guide, teacher or instructor. Pop culture icons like Yoda, Mr. Miyagi or Marry Poppins may come to mind. These are great examples of mentors. One thing they all have in common is that they built personal relationships with their mentees.Read More
The 2017-18 Legislative Session produced a plethora of bills that addressed various issues related to behavioral health. Several of these bills were approved by the Legislature, signed into law by the Governor, and became effective on January 1 of this year.Read More
This conference brought together leaders in the Behavioral Health field, health care association leaders, political leaders, and behavioral health consumers from around California for an open dialogue to discuss the issues facing our state and nation, and to develop strategies to move forward key policy changes within the mental health and substance use fields.Read More
The California Hospital Association hosted the 13th annual Behavioral Health Symposium in Riverside, California, on December 10-11th. The Symposium’s theme this year was “Making Connections Matter.” This theme was expressed throughout the conference with each panelist taking it to heart.
To honor National Adoption Awareness Day, I can think of no better use of my time than to participate in The Calling Out of Names of Children Who Wait. This vigil brings attention to the over 34,000 children, some of whose names have been read repeatedly year after year, who will continue to grow up in the foster care system because they have not yet found their forever family.Read More
Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, three traditionally Republican electorates, approved Medicaid expansions in last week’s mid-term elections. These positive outcomes for Medicaid expansion show the divide within the Republican party about the expansion, which is a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Read More
With polling stations closed and 94% of precincts reporting, California Proposition 2 “Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure” has been called, and the measure was passed.Read More
The County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California Behavioral Health Policy Forum is almost here, and we are continuing to work diligently to bring you a bigger and better conference.Read More
The County Behavioral Health Directors Association, along with Children Now and the County Welfare Directors Association, is leading the way in Crisis Response for Kids and Families in Foster care. AB 2043, authored by Assemblymember Arambula, will create the Family Urgent Response System.Read More
The visions of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California are getting bigger and better, and that includes our website. This brand-new platform allows us to provide a clear message of who we are, what we champion, and where our values lie when we step up to fight for California’s Counties and the Behavioral Health Community at large. Stop by and take a look!Read More