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May 8-9, 2019
Sheraton Grand
Sacramento, CA

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Oct. 1-3, 2019
Redondo Beach, CA

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February 28, 2019

Greetings behavioral health colleagues!

The Legislature has only been in Session for two months and so much is happening in the behavioral health community! CBHA is proud to share what we have been working on since the Session commenced.

CBHA staff organized a successful Advocacy Day last month where we met with 37 legislative offices to educate them about our legislative proposals which are detailed later in this message.

Last week, we hosted our second Mental Health First Aid Summit in Los Angeles where over 100 attendees gathered to discuss the cutting edge approaches in Mental Health First Aid training. Presenters from the National Council of Behavioral Health, California Department of Education, and Patrick Mulvaney, local Sacramento chef, discussed how to utilize mental health first aid with various populations across our state. 

CBHA staff also hosted the Annual Membership Retreat of the California Access Coalition (CAC) , a group conceptualized 24 years ago by Rusty Selix. The retreat, sponsored by the California Life Sciences Association , provided an educational forum for the CAC members. Eighteen-member organizations were represented, and the retreat was kicked off by Kassy Perry who provided a historical review of the CAC and Adrienne Shilton from the Steinberg Institute who gave a tribute to Rusty Selix. The audience enjoyed informative presentations from myriad of groups including: the California Board of Pharmacy, DHCS, the California Pharmacists Association, and WellSpace Health. We were proud to see presentations from staff at CBHA member organizations HealthRight 360 and Tarzana Treatment Centers during the CAC retreat.

State of the State
Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom gave his State of the State Speech. Of note was his focus on the social determinants of health. Specifically, he highlighted impacts on the California environment including natural disasters, transportation, energy and water. He also focused on social issues including... click title to read full blog.
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CBHA's California Mental Health First Aid Summit
February 21, 2019

CBHA’s second Mental Health First Aid Summit was a success with 110 registrants. MHFA trainers, agency directors and policy experts gathered to share their experiences and knowledge and learn from each each other. We want to thank Kaiser Permanente and the National Council for Behavioral Health for sponsoring the event. We hope to see YOU at next year's Summit!

For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. 
Tramaine EL Amin of National Council for Behavioral Health at the Summit.
CBHA ED Paul Curtis welcomed everyone.
CBHA's Le Ondra Clark Harvey and CBHDA's Robb Layne at the Summit.
California Access Coalition Membership Retreat at the lovely Old Sugar Mill Wineries in Clarksburg, CA.
February 22, 2019

CBHA hosted the California Access Coalition's Membership Retreat at Old Sugar Mill Wineries in Clarksburg, CA. An educational forum for CAC members with informative presentations from the California Board of Pharmacy, DHCS, the California Pharmacists Association, and WellSpace Health. CBHA member organizations' HealthRight 360 and Tarzana Treatment Centers also provided a presentation during the retreat. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
CBHA’s Le Ondra Clark Harvey moderating a panel on state regulatory issues with Virginia Herold and Anne Sodergren, CA State Board of Pharmacy.
Lauren Kahn, HealthRIGHT 360 speaking about the opioid crisis and treatment strategies utilized by providers.
Dr. Jose Salazar, Tarzana Treatment Centers giving an overview of the opioid crisis and its policy implications. 
CBHA staff at the California Life Science Association's Annual 'Back to Session Reception'
February 26, 2019

CBHA supported the CA Life Science Association’s ‘Back to Session Reception’ at the Brasserie Capitale. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Senator Scott Wiener, coauthor of our youth Mental Health First Aid Bill (SB 428) with CBHA’s Legislative Coordinator, Jay Calcagno.
The honorees for the CSLA 2019 Life Sciences Champions.
CBHA at the California Legislative Black Caucus
February 27, 2019

CBHA staff at the California Legislative Black Caucus ‘The State of Black California’ Informational Briefing on black maternity mortality and black infant health, voter suppression and turning out the Black vote in 2020, technological diversity, addressing the achievement gap in education, and the impact of California's criminal justice system. For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
California Surgeon Gen. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris just finished her address to the audience.
Dr. Deborah Allen, Sc.D. of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Kellie Todd-Griffin of California Black Health Network, and Sierra Health Foundation for the panel: 'Black Maternal Mortality and Black Infant Health' with Sen. Holly J. Mitchell as moderator.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla provided a brief note during the lunch and learn. Moderated by Sen. Steven Bradford with panelists discussing voting rights such as disparity and voter suppression in the African American community.
Noting rising suicide rates and mental health problems among the state’s youth, a bill in the California Senate would require all new teachers to have mental health first-aid training.

State Senators Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) introduced the bill earlier this month with the support of county health officials, mental health program providers and child health advocates. Senate bill 428 would require all new teachers, as well as those renewing their teaching credentials, to complete a course on youth mental health first-aid...
A new California bill, AB 680, aims to reduce the criminalization of people suffering from mental health emergencies, and improve their interactions with police, by requiring all 911 dispatchers to receive mental health crisis intervention training.

“Too many law enforcement interactions with people in mental health crisis end in tragedy,” said the bill’s author Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose)...
Friday, March 8th
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM PST
The California Endowment Oakland Regional Office
2000 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612
Attend this FREE event!

Hosted by  CIPC  and  The Children's Partnership , this symposium will bring together health and education professionals, elected officials, and community advocates to discuss how to protect and advance the mental health and well-being of children in immigrant families.
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