Category Archives: Mental Health

SAVE THE DATE: DMH Community Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting – August 2, 2011

Dear Community Mental Health Stakeholder,

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) invites you to attend the first Community Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about changes to state-level mental health and provide input regarding DMH Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and other mental health programs.

For more details, including location and toll-free teleconference information, please see the attached flyer. Feel free to extend this invitation to others you know who may be interested in participating.

Please continue to monitor for updates about our community stakeholder events and information on the DMH website at:


Healthcare reform needs psychologists

COLUMBIA, Mo., July 23 (UPI) — For healthcare reform to be successful, psychologists and other medical providers need to be at the forefront of the planning stages, U.S. researchers say.

Nancy Cheak-Zamora of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Health Professions also says both healthcare providers and patients need to be educated on rights and responsibilities of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

Mental Health Project Manager Position Announcement

Hello Colleagues.

Help us lead California into a future free of bias, prejudice, shame and stigma associated with mental illness.

Please advance within your networks as appropriate. We are eager to speak with East Coast and other good candidates who would be willing to relocate to the SF Bay Area as well. (And who wouldn’t?)

Download the Job Announcement Here

Thanks sincerely!


Eduardo Vega, M.A.

Executive Director

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Strengthening Tribal/State Collaborations to Address Behavioral Health Disparities.


The webinar is designed to help States enhance state-tribal collaboration and intergovernmental coordination. The presentation will:

  • help States understand Tribal sovereignty and embrace the growing inevitable interdependency between Tribes and States
  • examine the barriers to effective Tribal/State relationships
  • help States identify tribes and Native resources in their states as well as how to identify and involve key tribal representatives
  • share examples and/or lessons learned of Tribal/Federal and/or Tribal/State collaborations that are working to achieve better outcomes for Indian families
  • provide recommendations for developing strategies that strengthen Tribal and State relationships Continue reading

Millions Spent on Contractors for ‘Unnecessary’ Mental Health Screenings

A lack of coordination between the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Mental Health resulted in the state paying tens of millions of dollars to contractors for “unnecessary work,” according to a state audit released today. The state created the Sex Offender Commitment Program in 1996 to ensure proper care for the small population of sex offenders predisposed to violent behavior because of mental disorders. Corrections officials refer offenders to the mental health department for evaluation, which then recommends to the courts whether or not someone needs to be part of the program. After Jessica’s Law (Proposition 83 in 2006) expanded the pool of potential violent sex offenders nearly five-fold, the Corrections department failed to follow state law and basically referred everyone to the mental health department for evaluation.

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