The WMHPC was committed to investigating the well-being of girls in local juvenile justice systems, and has proposed a set of activities that will assist local decision makers in developing appropriate sets of interventions and strategies to improve mental health services for those girls.
Women under 40, girls and many multi-cultural groups, in California, were less likely than males to receive mental health services. This finding was consistent for the Medi-Cal population, the population served through the Chapter 26.5 Special Education mandate and the public mental health population as a whole. Yet, research had found that mental disorders affected women and men almost equally.
The Any Door is the Right Door curriculum, originally created with funding from the California Department of Mental Health, was a unique hands-on, multi-disciplinary eight-hour training designed for front-line staff and administrators who were working with women with multiple vulnerabilities: mental health, domestic violence, and/or substance abuse. CEU’s were available for an additional fee.
The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council was the lead organization in a collaborative developed to address the treatment of women and families with the co-occurrence of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health problems.
Transition-age youth in the mental health system was defined as those youth between the ages of 14-25 who had been in the children’s mental health system and may be transitioned or moved out of the Children’s System of Care into the Adult System of Care, or who may not have be eligible for any public services as they reach adulthood.
The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council’s advocacy strategy was founded in the strong belief that integration of health and social services and multidisciplinary collaboration was critically important in improving the lives and health status of many of the underserved women and families in California. The WMHPC worked with a variety of advocacy groups to develop a mental health, and particularly and women’s mental health priority into their advocacy agenda.