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
The 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.
COMMISSIONERS BOYD AND BROWN REAPPOINTED TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION
Governor Brown has reappointed two Commissioners to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC).
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, 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.
- Press Release: Study Shows Prop 63 Mental Health Prevention And Early Intervention Programs Are Working -08/08/2014
- Press Release: Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Now Possible Thanks to Proposition 63 Funding - 06/26/2014
- Media Advisory: Steinberg, Leno at Golden Gate Bridge Tomorrow, to Present Final Funding Strategy for Suicide Barrier - 06/25/2014
- New Interim Director Appointed to the Oversight Commission - 06/10/2014
- Riverside County DMH: Planned Psychiatry Residency Training Program Receives Accreditation - 04/24/2014
- Steinberg Announces Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program - 12/19/2013
- MHSOAC Announces New Executive Director - 12/03/2013
- New Commissioner for MHSOAC - 01/03/13
- Study Shows Lower Costs, Solid Return on Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Investment - 11/15/12
- No Compliance Problems Found with Mental Health Services Act Programs Recently Highlighted in the Media - 09/10/12
- Radio Talk Show Highlights Prop 63 Succss Stories - 03/02/12
- California's Prop 63 Breaks New Ground in Mental Health Services - 01/24/12
- 485 Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Efforts Throughout California - 09/22/11
- UCLA Evaluation finds Prop 63 Mental Health Programs Associated With Reductions in Homelessness, Hospitalizations, Arrests and Incarcerations - 05/26/11
- Press Release: Steinberg Applauds Awarding of Prop 63 Suicide Prevention Funds - 05/11/11
- Press Release: CalMHSA Awards Suicide Prevention Contracts – 05/10/11
- MHSOAC Authorizes Notice of Intent to Award MHSA Evaluation Contract to the Regents of the University of California, UCLA - 02/25/11
- MHSOAC Approves Over $4 M in Prop 63 Funds for Mental Health Programs - 02/24/2011
- MHSOAC Approves Over $123 M in PEI Statewide Projects
- Governor Schwarzenegger Named Three New Members and Re-Appointed Three Members to MHSOAC - 01/03/2011
- MHSOAC Authorizes Notice of Intent to Award MHSA Evaluation Contract to the Regents of the University of CA, UCLA – 12/14/10
- MHSOAC Approval of Funds Results in a Statewide Total of $713.7 M for Prevention Programs – 11/18/10
- MHSOAC Chooses Larry Poaster of Modesto as New Chair and Richard Van Horn of Los Angeles as Vice Chair – 10/29/10
- Over $6 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Calaveras, Placer, Santa Clara, Siskiyou and Stanislaus Counties for Mental Health Services – 9/23/10
- Over $29 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Butte, Kings, Napa, Orange, San Bernardino, Siskiyou, Solano, and Tuolumne Counties for Mental Health Services – 6/24/10
- UC Berkeley Study Reports Proposition 63 Programs Have Had Significant Positive Outcomes for Mental Health Clients – 06/24/10
- Over $7 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Amador, Madera, San Francisco, and Sonoma Counties for Mental Health Services – 5/27/10
- Nearly $2.5 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Contra Costa, Humboldt, and Sierra Counties for Mental Health Services – 4/29/10
- Proposition 63 Commission Announces New Executive Director - 04/7/10
- $12 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Sacramento, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz Counties and Tri-City Area for Mental Health Services – 3/25/10
- Over $6 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Lake, Mendocino, Mono, and San Bernardino Counties for Mental Health Services – 2/25/10
- $24 Million in Prop 63 Funds Approved for Alameda, Los Angeles, Solano and Tehama Counties for Mental Health Services – 1/28/10
- California Mental Health Commission Authorizes Funding for Kern, Riverside, and Santa Clara Counties to Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Mental Illness - 09/24/09
- California Mental Health Commission Authorizes Funding for Fresno, Los Angeles, and Sutter-Yuba Counties to Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Mental Illness - 08/27/09
- California Mental Health Commission Authorizes Funding for Alpine and Imperial County to Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Mental Illness - 07/23/09
- California Mental Health Commission Authorizes Funding for Butte County to Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Mental Illness - 06/25/09
- MHSOAC Approves PEI Funds for 8 Counties - 05/28/09
- Assemblymember Mary Hayashi to Accept Public Policy Award from American Association of Suicidology - 04/16/09
- PR Approves Funds for Berkeley, Calaveras, Lassen, San Francisco, and Yolo Counties - 3/24/09
- MHSOAC Approves PEI Funds for 8 Counties - 03/26/09
- MHSOAC Approves Funds for Colusa, Placer, SLO, Trinity and Tuolumne - 02/27/09
- $2.5 Million of Prop 63 Money Offered in the New Mental Health Loan Assumption Program - 02/17/09
- California Mental Health Commission Authorizes Funding for San Diego and Humboldt Counties to Prevent or Reduce the Impact of Mental Illness - 01/30/09
- California Mental Health Commission Meeting in Santa Rosa and Will Consider Funds for San Diego and Humboldt Counties - 01/29/09
- Superintendent OConnell Names The Rev. Richard Van Horn to Proposition 63 Commission - 01/13/09
- MHSOAC Approves PEi Funds for San Mateo - 12/10/08
- MHSOAC Chooses Andrew Poat as New Chair - 11/20/08
- MHSOAC Approves PEI Funds for Alameda and Merced - 11/20/08
- MHSOAC Considers PEI Funds for Alameda and Merced - 11/18/08
- MHSOAC Aprroves PEI Funding for San Bernardino, Glenn, Modoc, and Solano - 09/25/08
- MHSOAC Approves PEI Funds for Mono and Monterey - 07/24/08
- MHSOAC Considers PEI Funds for Mono and Monterey - 07/23/08
- New Executive Director for MHSOAC is Sworn In - 05/29/08
- Sacramento County First to Receive Approval of Housing Funds - 05/28/08
- MHSOAC Tours Skid Row - 02/22/08
- Mental Health Commission to Tour Skid Row - 02/18/08
- Linford Gayle Appointed as Chair and Andrew Poat Appointed as Vice Chair for MHSOAC - 01/24/08
- First Meeting of the Co-occurring Disorders Workgroup - 01/22/08
- MHSOAC Thanks Legislature for Preserving Mental Health Funds - 06/26/08
- Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas Appointed to MHSOAC - 10/07
- MHSOAC to Vote on Student Mental Health Initiative - 09/27/07
- Kern Countys At Risk Population Benefit From Prop. 63 Mental Health Funds - 07/13/07
- Prop. 63 Mental Health Funds Help Kern Countys At Risk Population - 07/13/07
- Prop 63 Funds Help San Diegos Homeless Youth - 05/21/07
- San Diegos Vulnerable Youth Benefit From Prop 63 Funds - 05/17/07
- San Diego Families Benefit from Prop 63 Funds - 05/17/07
- Salinas Program Highlighted As Example of Way to Use Prop 63 Funds - 05/01/07
- MHSOAC Convenes in Riverside to Hear Public Testimony About Stigma - 04/12/07
- Hearing to Detail Plans for 10,000 New Housing Units - 01/24/07