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  • Re "Mental Health money 'fix' will compound the problem" (sacramento bee - viewpoints, February 3, 2015)

    The article by Kathy Day and DJ Jaffe is replete with inaccuracies.
    Fact: The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission works to ensure that Prop 63 focuses on preventing tragic personal and societal costs of untreated mental illness and that it is evaluated.
    Fact: A rigorous, independent UCLA study found that over 99% of prevention and early intervention programs addressed specific Mental Health Services Act goals, in stark contrast to repeated unsubstantiated charges made by Mr. Jaffe.
    Fact: Prevention and early intervention programs are required to use effective methods to bring about Prop 63 outcomes.
    The volunteer Commission includes representatives of law enforcement, education, business, labor, insurance, substance abuse treatment, members of the Legislature, a mental health provider, individuals with a severe mental illness, and family members of individuals with a severe mental illness.
    Dishonest attacks on the challenging work of creating the best possible public mental health system benefit no one. We need to support each other to address the formidable evaluation challenges referenced in the Little Hoover Commission report.
    Dr. Victor Carrion, professor, Stanford University and MHSOAC Chair


    MHSOAC Announces new chair: Dr. Victor Carrion

    Dr. Victor CarrionThe Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is pleased to announce that Dr. Victor Carrion has been elected the new Chair of the Commission. Dr. Carrion, who has been a MHSOAC Commissioner since 2011, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Director of the Early Life Stress Research Program at Stanford University. He was also recently appointed to Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

    Dr. Carrion was born in New York City and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of three. He returned to New York to attend Syracuse University. He then attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City followed by an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

    "This is a very exciting time for the Commission,” says Dr. Carrion. “I look forward to moving the work of the Commission forward and communicating the outcomes of statewide evaluations of programs.”

    Chair Carrion fills the seat of the Attorney General designee. Dr. Carrion, who resides in the Bay Area, will serve a one year term.

    JANUARY 20, 2015

    Attorney General Kamala Harris has reappointed Commissioner Victor Carrion to the MHSOAC. As Commissioner, he will serve a three year term.


    Governor Brown has reappointed two Commissioners to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC).

    John Boyd
    John Boyd, 45, of Folsom has served since 2013. Boyd has been chief executive officer at the Sutter Solano Medical Center and at the Sutter Center for Psychiatry since 2014. He’s also been regional executive for behavioral health at the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region since 2014, where he was chief administrative officer of regional behavioral health and continuing care from 2008 to 2014. Boyd was assistant administrator at the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center from 2007 to 2008 and held several positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1999 to 2006, including Western Region director of development. Boyd is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Boyd is a Democrat. He fills the seat of a Commissioner who represents an employer with more than 500 employees.

    Bill Brown
    Bill Brown, 58, has served on the Commission since 2010, making this his second re-appointment. Brown has been sheriff of Santa Barbara County since 2007, getting re-elected to his third four-year term in June 2014. He served as chief of police at the Lompoc Police Department from 1995 to 2007 and at the Moscow, Idaho Police Department from 1992 to 1995. Brown is secretary of the California State Sheriffs’ Association. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Brown is a Republican. He fills the seat of county sheriff.
    Commissioners serve three year terms.