Karen Kurasaki, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate and manages several Workforce Area projects related to public safety realignment, juvenile justice behavioral health policy and programming, and behavioral health training for law enforcement.
Prior to coming to CIBHS in 2012, Dr. Kurasaki worked as a consultant and was involved in numerous projects related to improving access to quality services for diverse ethnic, cultural and language groups, and LGBT TAY, and improving data collection through community-based, participatory research methods in multiple languages. Prior to that, she served as a Program Officer at The California Endowment for 28 urban and rural counties in Northern California. She also served as the Associate Director of the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health at UC Davis, and Project Director for the Chinese American Epidemiological Study at UCLA. Dr. Kurasaki earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University, completed pre-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine and was an NIMH Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She lives in Sacramento, California, and enjoys biking, walks on the river levy with her dog, and being a mom.
The MRCD is an interactive self-assessment tool for quickly identifying areas of potential deficiency and providing guidance and resource links to support capacity building for community agencies seeking to become a Medi-Cal billable Specialty Mental Health Service (SMHS) provider.
The Public Safety Realignment Program provides trainings in a wide range of topics that are relevant to supporting the successful implementation of AB 109/AB117. The trainings are designed to serve mental health and substance use providers and leadership working in county behavioral health agencies, community-based organizations, and correctional settings.
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) Behavioral Health Fiscal Leadership Institute provides county behavioral health fiscal leaders with critical information and tools to address new challenges in a post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) environment.