January 28, 2020 By Carolyn Jones EdSource https://edsource.org/2020/childrens-mental-health-a-cause-for-concern-in-report-on-california-youth-policies/623070
California is making progress improving the lives of its 9.2 million children, but still lags behind other states — especially on issues related to young people’s mental health, according to a report released Tuesday.
“The 2020 California Children’s Report Card,” published by the Oakland-based advocacy organization Children Now, gives California an overall grade of “C-” for its programs that provide health, education and family services, as well as child welfare and adolescent services Read More
February 6, 2020 By Jessica Hice Capitol Weekly https://capitolweekly.net/mental-illness-cases-up-in-california-jails/
Mental illness cases in California jails have significantly increased since 2009, health policy experts reported Thursday.
California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting group, gathered administrative data from the Board of State and Community Corrections and discovered a 42 % increase in mental health cases reported and an 80 % increase in inmate medication prescriptions over the last 10 years.
David Panush, president of California Health Policy Strategies said the report sheds light Read More
Jan. 21, 2020 By Becky Brasfield NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/How-to-Move-Forward-After-Going-Through-a-Crisis
After a crisis, recovery can be challenging. Our lives are left in turmoil caused by the stressful situation we just managed to overcome. With the worst behind us, we have to pick up the pieces. But unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how to take steps toward the future. So how do we move forward?Read More
Jan. 17, 2020 By Odelya Gertel Kraybill, Ph.D., LCPC NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/January-2020/5-Reminders-for-Survivors-of-Trauma
In 1991, when I was 17 and living in Tel Aviv with my family, a loud siren woke me from a peaceful sleep. We knew what it meant. We also knew we had to do. I ran, shaking and crying, with my family to our safe room, where we bolted the door and sealed it for protection.
About three minutes later we felt and then heard huge blasts. Our house Read More
December 8, 2019 By Jocelyn Wiener Cal Matters https://calmatters.org/projects/california-mental-health-care-parity/
State Sen. Jim Beall is angry.
Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed.
As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”.
“I’m going to put even more effort into next year,” Beall said, “because I’m madder than hell Read More
January 3, 2020 at 6:17 am By Jocelyn Wiener Lake County Record-Bee https://www.record-bee.com/2020/01/03/it-breaks-my-heart/
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part article focusing on the issues relating to mental health in California. Part one ran in Tuesday’s edition and can also be read at Record-Bee.com.
Last year lawmakers agreed to create a narrow 5-year pilot program that makes it easier for three counties (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego) to conserve homeless individuals with serious mental illnesses or Read More