For several years CIBHS has been working with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health to design a system for the routine monitoring of CalWORKs Mental Health outcomes. This study evaluates the implementation of the monitoring system between October 2014 and February 2016. It also uses data from the monitoring effort to profile employment and psychiatric outcomes on a quarterly basis. Finally it presents four policy issues that the monitoring data permits DMH to address.
In February 2014, with funding from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), CIBHS began a series of activities toward collecting information about CIT best practices and practice gaps in California, including a survey of California counties throughout the state. The report below is a summary of the findings from these activities.
CIBHS was commissioned by the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) to prepare a data almanac on mental health as part of their ongoing series of data references on a range of healthcare topics.
CIBHS’s former Deputy Director, Neal Adams, MD, MPH, worked closely with Wendy Holt from DMA Health Strategies (www.dmahealth.com) to gather and analyze the data included in the report.The almanac, titled Mental Health Care in California: Painting a Picture, was published in July of 2013.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) partnered with the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) and the Alcohol and Drug Policy Institute (ADPI), now merged as the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), to obtain stakeholder input for addressing mental health and substance use disorder services. CiMH and ADPI completed the process to engage stakeholders and provided the attached report titled “Stakeholder Recommendations for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services.” (Note: We have previously referred to this end product as a “business plan”.)
This clients and family member issue paper was developed by the Client/Family Member Sub-Committee of CalMEND through the support of CIBHS. CalMEND was a program of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in partnership with the former California Department of Mental Health with funding support provided through the Mental Health Services Act. CIBHS supported the Client and Family Member Sub-committee and other core CalMEND project initiatives through a contract with DHCS.
The Integration Policy Initiative (IPI) builds on the significant work already underway in California, incorporating models developed in California and nationally that are intended to improve general healthcare, primary care, the integration of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) services with primary care and the integration of primary healthcare with MH and SU services. There are tensions among these systems in California, as there are in other parts of the country— the legacy of many years of working in silos as well as a chronic lack of funding.
Prepared by Neal Adams, MD, MPH and supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation, these clinical guidelines were developed to address a common and growing problem in contemporary health care practice: how can people’s coexisting general health and mental health care needs be best addressed with optimal efficiency and effectiveness.