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Ewing is New Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Executive Director

Sacramento—The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is pleased to announce it has named Toby Ewing as Executive Director.

Ewing has served as a consultant to the California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee for the last four years. State Senator Lois Wolk, former Chair of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee said, “Toby Ewing is a great choice to lead the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is well known as a reformer and champion of oversight and improving outcomes of government programs. He knows our mental health system well, how it works and how it doesn’t, and will be quick to take a strong leadership role at a time when it is needed.”

Ewing also served as Director of the California Research Bureau from 2009 to 2011. From 1999 to 2006, he was a Project Manager with the Little Hoover Commission, an independent body charged with improving government. During his tenure, Ewing was project manager for several reports on state policy issues including mental health and child welfare.

Ewing did his undergraduate studies at Grinnell College and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. Honored as a Fulbright Scholar in the mid-1990s, he facilitated and documented a complex community development initiative in Costa Rica.

“Toby Ewing brings a wealth of experience in state government, public policy and mental health,” said MHSOAC Chair Dr. Victor Carrion. “We very much look forward to working with Toby as we move into an important time in communicating and evaluating the positive outcomes of Prop 63 programs to demonstrate what it has done for hundreds of thousands of Californians.”

As Ewing steps in, current MHSOAC Executive Director Sherri Gauger is retiring for the second time in two years. Gauger stepped back into the role of Executive Director after leaving at the end of 2013, a retirement that lasted six months before rejoining the Commission in June of 2014.

“We would like to say a profound thank you to Sherri for her dedication to public service, particularly in her work with the Commission and Prop 63,” said Chair Carrion. “She has brought the Commission to a new level with her outstanding commitment and leadership.”

The MHSOAC is the oversight body for Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Voter-approved Prop 63 is funded by a one percent tax on millionaires and has generated more than $11 billion for public mental health programs since 2005.

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The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is pleased to announce the appointments of Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, respectively.

Jim Beall was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 and represents the 15th Senate District. He was elected to the State Assembly in November 2006, representing District 24. He is the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is a member of several other committees. He has spent three decades in public service as a San Jose City Councilman, a Santa Clara County Supervisor and an Assembly member. On the Commission, Senator Beall represents the member of the Senate selected by the President pro Tempore of the Senate.

Tony Thurmond was elected to represent California’s 15th Assembly District in November 2014. The district includes the East Bay communities that stretch along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland. First elected to the Richmond City Council in 2005, Thurmond served as Council Liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission, the Workforce Investment Board and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. On the Commission, Assemblymember Thurmond represents the member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Commissioners serve three year terms.

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February 26, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1325 J Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Call-In Number: 866-817-6550
Participant Code: 3190377

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March 19, 2015
Fairfield, CA

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MHSOAC is pleased to announce the publication of “The Prop 63 Story” showcasing individual stories of hope and recovery as a tribute to California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, author of Prop 63, for his hard work and dedication to improving mental health services in California.

The Prop 63 Story is now available at


A Choice To Heal -Full-Length Documentary - 10/30/14

A Choice To Heal - Fresno Functional Family In-Home Therapy - 10/01/2014


A Choice To Heal - Sacramento County / UC Davis partnership for PEI with SacEDAPT - 10/01/2014


A Choice To Heal - Culturally Appropriate Services - 10/01/2014


A Choice To Heal - San Francisco's Larkin Street Youth Services offers diverse youth housing and treatment - 10/01/2014


A Choice To Heal - Peer support shores up Afghan residents in Fremont, CA - 10/01/2014


A Choice To Heal - American Indian communities heal together. Fresno reaches out through talking circles - 10/01/2014


Santa Barbara Review: Mental Health - Into the Vortex - 09/10/2014

Press Release: Study Shows Prop 63 Mental Health Prevention And Early Intervention Programs Are Working - 08/08/2014

Bloomberg: Final Funding Approved for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier - 07/24/2014

LA Times: "Steinberg Keeps Winning" - 07/09/2014


San Francisco Examiner: Golden Gate Bridge Barrier Approved Today By Bridge Authority - 06/27/2014

Press Release: Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Now Possible Thanks to Proposition 63 Funding - 06/26/2014

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