Sep. 20, 2019, 5 AM By Kelly Davis, Jeff McDonald The San Diego Union-Tribune https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/story/2019-09-19/in-california-jails-are-now-the-mental-health-centers-of-last-resort
Almost one in three San Diego County jail inmates is prescribed medication to treat mental illness, making Sheriff Bill Gore one of the most prolific providers of behavioral health services in the region.
Last year alone, Gore spent more than $5.6 million on pharmaceutical drugs for the 5,600 or so people behind bars on any given day — approximately $1,000 per inmate, or one-fifth of the Read More
BY JOAN COOK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/10/19 01:30 PM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/465219-world-mental-health-day-california-takes-initiative-in-battling-depression
Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate.
As a psychologist, I’ve Read More
Arlington, VA– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Participants can sign up at basics.nami.org.Read More
NAMI is thrilled by the introduction of H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This would make it easier for Americans experiencing a crisis to receive immediate and appropriate mental health support and referral.
A strong crisis response system is an essential part of every community’s strategy for mental health Read More
August 28, 2019 By Rob Waters CaliforniaHealthline https://californiahealthline.org/news/governors-mental-health-czar-seeks-new-blueprint-for-care-in-california/
In a career full of twists, turns and high-powered assignments, Thomas Insel may now be embarking on one of his most daunting tasks yet — helping California find its way out of a worrisome mental health care crisis.
This year, he assumed a new role to help Gov. Gavin Newsom revamp mental health care in the state. Newsom called Insel his “mental health czar,” though his position is unpaid and Insel says it Read More
As Stevante Clark Graduates Mental Health Court, California Looks To Grow This Alternative To Incarceration
Monday, September 9, 2019 By Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio http://www.capradio.org/articles/2019/09/09/as-stevante-clark-graduates-mental-health-court-california-looks-to-grow-this-alternative-to-incarceration/
Stevante Clark approaches the bench in slacks and a buttoned-down shirt, plus his signature checkered headwrap. He’s been showing up here at least once a month for the past year to check-in with Judge Lawrence Brown.
Each time, he gives an update about his behavioral health treatment, employment status and other conditions of his enrollment in mental health court, a county-run program for mentally ill offenders.Read More