CBHA Advocacy Day
January 27-28, 2019
Sacramento, CA
Members Only

CBHA's 3rd
Mental Health First Aid Summit
May 4, 2020
Sacramento, CA
Registration to open soon

CBHA Spring Policy Forum
June 2-3, 2020
Sacramento, CA
Members Only

April 5-7, 2020
Austin, TX
Registration link below.

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January 23, 2020
Governor’s Budget, New Name for Waiver Proposal,
CBHA Highlighted by OPEN Minds and KVIE, and More!
Greetings Colleagues!

Can you believe that January is coming to an end already? Indeed, things are back in full swing since Session commenced, and CBHA is hard at work on behalf of our members. We are thrilled to have partnered with several allied organizations on policy letters to DHCS, and we are currently working with organizations to craft our budget and legislative proposals for 2020, to be introduced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for how you can partner and provide support for our proposals.

Budget Overview
Many of you may have seen our comments on the Governor’s budget proposal released two weeks ago. Governor Newsom once again focused on the needs within the behavioral health arena in his projected $222 billion budget. In his almost three-hour briefing, he focused on various topics of import, including investments in education, housing, transforming Medi-Cal, and healthcare. The Governor began by pointing out that he has worked for months on this budget, which he takes very seriously, and that the budget acts as a “review of priorities” for the Administration.

Newsom proudly pointed out the state's record surpluses and the ability to pay down debts via the General Fund reserves. He added, California “leads the nation” in several areas, including having leaders in higher education, science, and the highest number of Nobel Laureates. Newsom said that Californians have innovation “running through our brains and veins.” He warned, “The past does not equal the future… though we have had 11 years of economic growth, a slowing down of economic growth is occurring,” but there are still some areas the state is falling short.

High level behavioral health budget allocations include:

  • Behavioral Health Task Force. The Health and Human Services Agency will create a task force comprised of state and community level stakeholders. The mission is to review existing policies and programs to improve care and coordinate system transformation efforts as it relates to the impacts of mental illness and substance use disorders in communities.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has provided free mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services since 1942. Dedicated to serving communities where stigma or poverty limits access, Didi Hirsch helps more than 120,000 children and adults from 10 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties each year. Click here to learn more.
Middle Management Academy - Coming Soon!
The Middle Management Academy is the only program of its kind that revitalizes behavioral health care leaders. The next MMA is currently being planned, so please let us know of your interest, so we can choose a location that accommodates you! Interested in hosting? You’ll receive a discount and also make it convenient for your staff to attend.

"I really loved it. There are many techniques that I am implementing with my staff that I think will be helpful to improve teamwork and productivity." -South Coast Community Services MMA Graduate 2018

Please contact CBHA Director of Programs and Operations, Sara Kahoalii, at  or call (916) 557-1166 if you're interested, or for more information. Registration will open once a date and location are set. In the meantime you can find information here:  Middle Management Academy
NATCON20: CBHA Members, email us to get your discount code and save $150 on your registration fee! Click logo below to register.
People living with HIV experience depression at a rate that is up to three times higher than the general population. Barriers to timely depression screening can result in patient behaviors that compromise overall health, contribute to the progression of immunodeficiency and reduce medication adherence. How can we improve our patients’ health?
The National Council for Behavioral Health’s newly-released HIV Depression Care Toolkit is a call for clinical staff and HIV/AIDS organizations to implement evidence-based depression screening within primary care settings – and connect patients with treatment for their depression.
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