CBHA Advocacy Day
January 22-23, 2019
Sacramento, CA

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February 21, 2018
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March 25-27, 2019
Nashville, TN
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October 24, 2018
Priority Bill Updates and Behavioral Health Developments
by Le Ondra Clark Harvey

Greetings members!

Thank you to all who sent well wishes to me and my family while I was out on maternity leave. We are all adjusting to the new addition to our family, our 8-week old son, Lincoln Charles Harvey.

As Paul noted in the last member blog, the CBHA policy team has worked hard to advocate for our successful budget proposal for the continuation of the Workforce, Education and Training funds via the Mental Health Services Act. We also lobbied the Legislature to consider our positions on a variety of bills including our top priority bills. The outcomes of these bills is reflected in our new 2018 Behavioral Health Scorecard .

The Legislature will be in the interim recess period until December. Most legislators are working in their districts and are preparing their bill packages with their staff. December will mark the first year of the two-year Legislative Session for 2018-2019 at which time legislators will introduce legislation, and CBHA will begin advocating for our legislative and budget proposals. An important factor in our early advocacy efforts is the participation of our members in our annual Advocacy Day scheduled for January 22-23, 2019. Your support is critical, and we hope many of you will join us!

While I have been on leave, there have been a few important developments that impact the behavioral health arena as outlined below.

Office of the Inspector General Audit
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report of California’s Specialty Mental Health Services expenditures. The OIG found that California did not always comply with Federal and State requirements when claiming Federal reimbursement for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) expenditures. .. [continue reading]
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We are delighted to announce the launch of our website.
Among the new features are social media widgets for Facebook and Twitter to foster improved communications, easy to navigate menu items, and quicker log-in section just to name a few! Other bells and whistles we’ll add soon are advocacy tools that enable quick action on legislative issues, and a community forum section so members can share program and funding information and tap into each other’s expertise. Stay tuned!
Turning Point Community Programs provides integrated, cost-effective mental health services, employment and housing for adults, children and their families that promote recovery, independence and self-sufficiency. Turning Point Community Programs is committed to innovative and high quality services that assist adults and children with psychiatric, emotional and/or developmental disabilities in achieving their goals. Click here for their website.
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CBHA Creates A New Membership Level for Smaller Nonprofit Behavioral Health Agencies

 The CBHA Executive Committee approved a new membership level for nonprofit agencies with mental health revenues under $500,000 starting July 1, 2018. To become a part of the CBHA community, fill out the CBHA 2018-19 membership application .
For more information, email Ma Eliza Caliolio, communications and membership manager at   or call (916) 557-1166 x20.
Another Successful CBHA Fall Policy Forum!

It was a full house in Newport Beach as Behavioral Health member agencies gathered to learn the latest from a handful of dynamic speakers! A few photos from our 2018 Fall Policy Forum held in Newport Beach, CA. See more of our events by following us on Twitter and Facebook !

Effective September 12, 2018, DHCS Information Notice 18-039, Substance Use Disorder Services California Outcomes Measurement System for Treatment (CalOMSTx) - Direct Providers to County Contracted Providers, is rescinded. A new Information Notice will be released in the near future in place of IN 18-039 to advise DMC-ODS participating counties how State Contracted Direct Providers’ historic data will be incorporated into CalOMS. Please click here to see all prior year MHSUDS Information Notices, ADP Bulletins, MH Information Notices and MH Letters. 

This Information Notice (IN) is to provide guidance on data submission requirements for the
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-35) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and to update information provided in MHSUDS Information Notice 17-052 regarding the age ranges covered by each of these functional assessment tools.

Please click here to see all prior year MHSUDS Information Notices, ADP Bulletins, MH Information Notices and MH Letters. 

People of color who seek leadership positions in the healthcare industry often lack the personal and professional connections necessary for upward mobility. In addition, they often do not have access to training opportunities. To level the playing field, we have developed the ​Changemakers of Color (COC) pilot program. COC was created in an effort to improve the ability of people of color to compete for managerial and leadership positions in the health care sector in California, and to prepare them for success by enhancing their leadership skills. Applications are now due by Friday, November 16, 2018. View PDF flyer here.
Seven Must-Have Manager Qualities That Drive Employee Engagement
Our profile of an effective health care manager can help ensure that you have the right people in leadership roles – the kind that foster engaged employees and drive the success of your organization. Download this white paper to learn the top seven must-have qualities that drive employee engagement and boost organizational performance.
The Sixth Edition of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine is Now Available!

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is proud to announce the launch of a new edition of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine.

Thoroughly updated with the latest international evidence-based research and best practices, the sixth edition of Principles textbook. Pre-order today!
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