California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
CCCBHA Monthly General Newsletter
Representing Nonprofit Community Behavioral Health Agencies Throughout California                                                                                                 April 12, 2017 
This monthly newsletter is provided to inform the public of behavioral health issues that are happening around the Capitol. Our members get an additional biweekly newsletter and detailed policy updates, including opportunities for participating in creating policy that protect and enhance behavioral health interests.
Rusty's Corner 
by Rusty Selix, CCCBHA Public Policy and Advocacy Director
Board of Directors
Budget Subcommittees Led by Very Knowledgeable MDs Interested in Behavioral Health
Each year there is one main hearing in the budget subcommittee in each house focused almost exclusively on our issues. The hearings this year were on March 30th in the Senate and April 3rd in the Assembly. I have been a lobbyist for behavioral health for more than 30 years, and I don't recall there ever being a time when both hearings were chaired by physicians.  Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician who chairs the Senate budget subcommittee on Health and Human Services.  Karen Baylor, Deputy Director for Behavioral Health at the Department of Health Care Services, (and formerly Behavioral Health Director of San Luis Obispo County) commented, "I could tell you more than you'll ever want to know about our public behavioral health services system."  Dr. Pan responded that he would take her up on that offer, and showed continued interest by asking detailed questions about nearly every issue, wanting to truly understand our challenges and opportunities.
School and Primary Care Prevention and Early Intervention
Dr. Pan has regularly expressed strong interest in prevention and early intervention, particularly in schools and primary care.  These are two of the cornerstones of prevention and early intervention.  He shares CCCBHA's goal of making it a routine part of every primary care visit to screen for behavioral health conditions and when there is a need, making sure there is a warm handoff to a behavioral health professional who can provide an immediate initial assessment and begin a treatment program.  Similarly, he attended the Oversight Commission's initial School Mental Health forum.  We also hope that it will become a standard practice of schools to have a mechanism to identify students' social or emotional behavioral health challenges at the earliest opportunity... More
Now is Our Time to Develop Alternative Crisis Systems to Divert People from Jails and Hospitals
Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula is an emergency room physician and chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.  In presenting to him on the need to restore funding for the Children's Crisis Care System facilities, which are an alternative to emergency rooms, I commented how humbling it was to present this to an emergency room physician who probably understands this issue better than I ever could.
After the hearing I spoke to him and told him that my top priority in the remaining years of my career was to completely end the pattern of police taking people to the emergency room or jails.  I stated that in most cases they did this simply because these were the only places that would take everyone.
We now know that there are alternatives.  They are expensive to establish in the short term but they clearly save money for cities, counties, and the state in the long run in both healthcare and criminal justice...  More
What is the State Role in Workforce Now That the One Time MHSA Funding is Ending?
At the Assembly budget hearing, there was a lengthy discussion on behavioral health workforce.  I requested this discussion on behalf of CCCBHA noting that the MHSA was written to shift the responsibility for workforce strategy from a state set-aside to County MHSA plans and programs.
I commented that when we wrote Proposition 63, we didn't know how big the workforce problem would remain after the initial set aside money was spent, so we left it up to County plans.  However, it seems that, if anything, the workforce problems are even worse now than they were 12 years ago.  Also, it is not just a problem for the public mental health system.  Commercial plans are under pressure to expand... More 
Erin O'Brien
Community Solutions
President Elect
Dave Pilon
Mental Health America of Los Angeles
Past President
Darrell Evora
Uplift Family Services
Sparky Harlan
Bill Wilson Center
Cynthia Jackson Kelartinian
Heritage Clinic
2nd VIce Presidents
Ken Berrick
Seneca Family of Agencies
Leon Hoover
Kings View Corporation
Carolyn Chadwick
Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corp.
Vitka Eisen
HealthRIGHT 360
Steve Elson
Casa Pacifica
Lorna Jones
Bonita House
Debbie Manners
Camille Schraeder
Redwood Children's Services
Christine Stoner-Mertz
Hugo Villa
The Village Family Services
Executive Director
Paul Curtis
Director, Public Policy & Advocacy
Rusty Selix

Mission: The California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CCCBHA) promotes comprehensive, responsive and integrated service systems by enhancing the ability of nonprofit member agencies to provide mental health services that empower the people we serve to lead full and productive lives.
 Upcoming Events
CCCBHA Spring Policy Forum & Advocacy Day 2017 
National Council for Behavioral Health
Hill Day 2017

May 24-25, 2017

This Policy Forum will cover current behavior health policies and issues, at both the state and federal level. There will be board and committee meetings, including the Children's Policy Committee, Adults and Older Adults Policy Committee and the Substance Abuse Disorders Policy Committee. Following a membership luncheon, there will be elections and a few presentations. One of the highlights is the Membership Dinner where members can relax and enjoy each others company.

The day after the Forum, members will visit their legislators at the State Capitol during CCCBHA's Advocacy Day. In the morning, members will have an orientation and be given tools, information and handout packets to use that day while advocating for behavioral health at the Capitol.

If you are a behavioral health agency and are interested in becoming involved, email for information. 
October 2-3 , 2017

With major changes being proposed to Medicaid, there has never been a more critical time to advocate in support of mental health and addiction priorities. 

Join us October 2-3 in Washington, DC for two days of face-to-face advocacy and collaborative learning!

Hill Day 2017 attendees will:
* Gain special insights into the federal behavioral health policy including the latest on changes to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the federal budget
* Meet with your Members of Congress and their staff to speak up for our field's priorities
* Network with other advocates from your state

We can't wait to have you with us here in Washington, D.C.

 CCCBHA Meetings
Inaugural California Mental Health First Aid Summit CCCBHA Proposition 64 Stakeholder Meeting
CCCBHA, in partnership with National Council, held the first MHFA Summit in California. It was a success! Presentations included updates, initiatives and successes around the country, ensuring MHFA is delivered to schools, and working with peace officers. There was also the  
opportunity to share experiences and network with others in this field. We had great feedback, and may do another one in the near future.
(l to r) Devin McBrayer, Health Policy Advisor and Field Representative, Office of Doris Matsui; Paul Curtis, CCCBHA Executive Director; Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento; Alicia Castaneda, CCCBHA Program Manager; and Betsy Schwartz, Vice President for Public Education and Strategic Initiatives, National Council for Behavior Health

The Proposition 64 meeting was held on March 22nd and was a unique opportunity for CCCBHA members to provide input and guidance while advocating how the funds raised through Proposition 64, the Adult Use Marijuana Act, should be designated.

The initial CCCBHA Proposition 64 Policy Paper was just sent to members, and will continue to develop with input from members and other organizations, during our collaborative and transparent process.

CCCBHA Members meet to discuss Prop 64 

Members also joined via conference call, and gave their feedback based on their agency's experience
News from the National Council of Behavioral Health
Upcoming Events
A membership with CCCBHA means an automatic membership with the National Council for Behavioral Health. By joining both, not only will you get important California representation, but you'll also get critical national news.

Members of Congress are home for a two-week recess and NOW is the time for action. As health care reform debates continue in Congress, we are asking all advocates to speak up and have their voices heard.
Since January, thousands of National Council advocates have taken the time to write, call and meet with your legislators. We thank you for your tremendous work and ask you join us again in this campaign to protect Medicaid and preserve coverage of mental health and addiction treatment.
Chuck Ingoglia
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement

May 26-27, 2017
Sacrament, Hilton Arden West

HillDay 2017
October 2-3 in Washington, DC
17th Annual National Behavioral Health Information Management Conference and Exposition

April 26-27, 2017
Registration Link Here
Understanding the Myths and Facts of Access to Primary Care for People with Mental Illness
Monday, April 17, 2017, 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific

Individuals with mental illnesses may not access primary care services for varied and complex reasons. Studies over the past decade have shown how people with mental illnesses experience significant health disparities - including higher rates of chronic medical conditions, higher use of hospital emergency departments and increased rates of early death from preventable conditions. Behavioral health providers have a number of opportunities to incorporate primary care and wellness programs into their services. Join this webinar to hear what research tells us about best practices in increasing access to primary care, and gain practical tips from a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grantee on how to influence a variety of internal and external factors to increase engagement in health and wellness activities.   Register Here
President Trump Announces White House Efforts on Opioid Addiction
Stephanie Pellitt
Policy and Advocacy Associate
National Council for Behavior Health

On the campaign trail, President Trump vowed to help communities heavily impacted by opioid and heroin addiction. This week his administration took the first steps towards developing a national strategy on drug addiction by announcing the creation of a new White House commission on opioid addiction and naming a new acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an  executive order creating a high-level opioid commission. The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis will be led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has spoken out about the need to address the opioid crisis and the ever-rising overdose rate. "Addiction is a disease, and no life is disposable. We can help people by giving them appropriate treatment," Christie told The Today Show from outside the White House Wednesday. More Here  
Want to learn more about CCCBHA?

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please contact 
Sara Kahoalii, Member Services Manager at: 

By becoming a member of CCCBHA, you will become a part of the combined strengths of many health providers. The association was formed to accomplish the following:
  •  Improve the current community-based behavioral health system through interaction with legislators and
    government officials
  •  Increase the participation of community-based nonprofit agencies in both the improvement of the behavioral health system and the delivery of direct services in the community
  •  Provide a unified approach for mutual consultation to improve management efficiency, clinical services and
    information exchanges
  •  Ensure that services respond to the needs of the communities
  •  Provide a focal point for the review and development of policies which will further the provision of a full spectrum of modalities and high-quality behavioral health care at the community level for all individuals
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California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies 

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 315, Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 557-1166

Leaders in the partnership that developed and promoted Proposition 63.