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”.)
DHCS is also posting a letter to accompany this report. The letter is jointly signed by DHCS, the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California (CADPAAC), now merged as the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA), and describes the joint commitment to work together to review, prioritize and implement stakeholder recommendations where feasible and appropriate.
Click HERE to view the Commitment Letter and Business Plan including other relevant information.
Victor Kogler is Vice President of CIBHS. Mr. Kogler has worked in the substance use disorder field in California since 1971. He served as Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator of Santa Barbara County for twenty years and is a past president of the County Alcohol and Drug Programs Administrators Association of California. Mr. Kogler had been the Executive Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute (ADPI) for 8 years prior to the merger of that organization with the California Institute for Mental Health which created CIBHS. In addition to his senior management role, Mr.