On September 1, 2011, the Capitol Weekly printed a response entitled, "Prop 63 Critics Miss the Mark Entirely," authored by Dr. Marvin Southard, Director of Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health. This is in response to the Capitol Weekly Op-ed from August 25, 2011 about the Mental Health Services Act. Dr. Southard’s Op-ed.
A number of recent actions by the Legislature and Governor invite a conversation among the Commissioners regarding how the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s (MHSOAC) oversight role changed and critical mental health functions that should be maintained in a changing mental health environment.
On March 24, 2011, Governor Brown assigned Assembly Bill 100 (AB 100) into law, making a number of changes to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), including the elimination of review and approval of county MHSA plans by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the MHSOAC. AB 100 also contained Legislative intent language specifying that it was the Legislature’s intent to ensure continued state oversight and accountability of the MHSA. It is AB 100’s intent that the state, in consultation with the MHSOAC, establish a more effective means of ensuring county performance complies with the MHSA.
Chico MHSA Community Forum on June 29th is Cancelled
Due to a MHSOAC effort to reduce its expenses, the Chico MHSA Community Forum on June 29th is cancelled. The MHSOAC is planning on having two more community forums later this year and more information will be made public as it becomes available.
- The next MHSA Community Forum will be held in Placer County on April 26, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maidu Museum, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, CA 95661. Please see the flyers below for directions.
- The MHSOAC has authorized a Notice of Intent to Award for the Expanded Statewide Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Request for Proposal # 10-70134-000. The MHSOAC intends to award the contract to the Regents of the University of California, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
- The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is announcing an Addendum to the Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 10-70134-000, titled Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s (MHSOAC’s) Expanded Statewide Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Addendum is in response to questions submitted. The changes in the Addendum shall be included in the RFP and the Addendum shall be part of the RFP documents. All conditions in the RFP not affected by the Addendum shall remain unchanged.
- MHSOAC Committee members for 2011 have been selected and notified. To review the 2011 Committee members, see the document below:
- The MHSOAC has authorized a Notice of Intent to Award for the Initial Statewide Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Request for Proposal # 10-70123-000. The MHSOAC intends to award the contract to the Regents of the University of California, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is announcing an invitation to review and respond to Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 10-70134-000, entitled, "Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountabilty Commission (MHSOAC's) Expanded Statewide Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)". The MHSOAC is seeking proposals for a contractor to perform the expanded evaluation effort by the MHSOAC. This evaluation is designed to 1) determine per person costs and provide a financial analysis of the achieved outcomes/benefits of full service partnerships; 2) using participatory research, determine the impact of selected services/strategies on outcomes specified in the MHSA or system of care statues; and 3) obtain recommendations for future evaluation activities/strategies.
The above RFP is now posted to BidSync www.bidsync.com. You can also go to http://www.bidsync.com/DPX?ac=powersearch&srchoid_override=307818 then search for bid number 10-70134-000.
- Request for Proposal Letter
- RFP # 10-70134-000 - MHSOAC’s Expanded Statewide Evaluation of the MHSA
- Additional Resources
- Performance Indicator Proposal for the Mental Health Services Act, September 2009
- Matrix of California's Public Mental Health System Prioritized Performance Indicators
- Other Evaluations
- Mental Health Services Oversight
and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Quality Improvement
Survey – Please
The MHSOAC will conduct a Quality Improvement Survey on April 11, 2011 through April 22, 2011. The intent of the survey is to capture information on current programs to help shape the organization's process and service to stakeholders. Please read the attached memorandum from Executive Director Sherri Gauger for additional details and click on the link below to take the survey.
- The MHSOAC is pleased to share with you an invitation to a joint Legislative information briefing entitled: "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Mental Health Services" to be held at the State Capitol, Room 447, on February 15, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please note: the room number has changed from 2040 to 447. The briefing will discuss changes the Act will have on mental health needs and services, and next steps in implementing federal healthcare reform. Please see link below to read the full invitation bulletin:
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- Please join us at the next Community Forum in Modesto on December 8, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM at The Seasons Multicultural Event Center, 945 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350. Please see the documents below for more information:
- Letter of Invitation 11/15/2011
- Community Forum Flyer 11/15/2011
- Flyer - 11/08/2011
Drafts of UCLA Deliverables 2A and 2C are available for public input
Feedback is welcome between 7/29/11 and 8/31/11. After 8/31/11, all feedback will be compiled and reports will be revised accordingly.
- Deliverable 2A: Proposed standardized template for reporting all priority indicators
- Deliverable 2C: Written documentation of the process for compiling data to produce reports for all priority indicators
- Guided Discussion Questions
Moving Forward: How A Family Learns About Mental Health
A bilingual fotonovela was published by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to educate Latinos about mental health. Fotonovelas are booklets with pictures and dialogue boxes that tell a story with a moral lesson.
The fotonovela was published in the San Diego Union Tribune and about 40,000 English and Spanish fotonovelas have been made available at 90 locations throughout the region. These locations include County libraries, mental health centers, and family resource centers. The fotonovelas were funded by the Mental Health Services Act. San Diego Health and Human Services Agency website
At a recent meeting of the Client and Family Leadership Committee, Committee Member and Commissioner Emeritus Carmen Diaz, and Pam Hawkins of the California Institute for Mental Health presented a PowerPoint on the "History of Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Their Families". We are making this compelling and informative PowerPoint available here to the public.
The MHSOAC is pleased to share with you four PowerPoints and supporting documentation that were part of the joint Legislative briefing entitled "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Mental Health Services" that was held on February 15, 2011. The PowerPoints and supporting documents provide a wealth information on mental health needs and services, and next steps in implementing the federal health care reform. Please click on the following link to retrieve the information:
- Agenda - Informational Briefing: Federal Healthcare Reform and the Impact on Mental Health
- Coverage Expansions and Health Reform for Mental Health Care – Donald Moulds, Ph.D
- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for Collaboration and Partnership – Herb K. Schulz
- Federal Healthcare Reform and the Impact on Mental Health – Chuck Ingoglia
- Informational Briefing: Federal Healthcare Reform and the Impact on Mental Health – Sandra Naylor Goodwin, Ph.D., MSW
- Medicaid Benchmark Benefits in Health Reform: Improvements and Exemptions
- Implementing Medicaid Health Homes for Enrollees with Chronic Conditions
- MHSA Overview Factsheet
- MHSOAC Commission Overview Brochure
- Speaker Biographies
- The MHSOAC is pleased to share with you the Opinion Editorial by Chair Larry Poaster that was published in the Modesto Bee on Thursday, January 6th, 2011. Please see the link below to read the full article:
MHSOAC First Report to the Governor and Legislature – January 2011
The MHSOAC is announcing its First Report to the Governor and Legislature.
State Net Capitol Journal leads with story on state mental health funding
The MHSOAC’s $123.8 Million Prevention and Early Intervention Approval in the Mountain Democrat
Read the Mountain Democrat’s account of the MHSOAC’s approval of Prevention and Early Intervention programs in January. State to spend $123M on mental health
Lake County News Reports on the MHSOAC’s January Approval of $123.8 Million for Prevention and Early Intervention Programs
Read the Lake County News article regarding the MHSOAC’s approval of CalMHSA’s Prevention and Early Intervention Implementation Workplan.California Mental Health Commission approves millions for mental health programs
How Might the Programs Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevent a Mental Health Crisis of the Kind that Occurred in Arizona?
Consulting Psychologist Deborah Lee shares some insights on how Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs might prevent a mental health crisis like the one in Arizona.