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happy and healthy Fourth of July. 

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Santa Clara County Program May Help 'Defund Police' Response to Mental Health Crises
The Santa Clara County Mobile Response Team is staffed by mental health professionals who are ready to take a call at any time. Photo courtesy Santa Clara County.
As calls to defund the police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd sweep the nation, the focus has turned to how law enforcement handles calls related to mental health crises.
At its most basic level, "defund the police" is a demand for money to be moved from police budgets and reinvested into public welfare and social services. But in Santa Clara County, programs that could replace police response to mental health emergencies already exist and have been expanded over the years.

How to Support Employees' Mental Health as 
You Return to the Office
Mental illness and wellness issues were already gaining traction as the rate of diagnoses increased in recent years, then the current health crisis came along and created even more obstacles to mental health. Now, as businesses start to open back up across the country, it's imperative that companies champion the mental health of their employees and leaders every bit as much as they support their physical wellbeing.

Behavioral Health Telehealth Funding Opportunity
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is utilizing federal grant funding to support organizations to develop, enhance and/or expand their facility's telehealth infrastructure to address the needs of individuals with substance use disorder and/or mental health disorders. The Center at Sierra Health Foundation will assist DHCS with the administration of the funds.
There are two individual funding opportunities:
  • Substance Use Disorder Telehealth Activities
  •  Mental Health Telehealth Activities 
Eligible organizations are those that provide direct treatment and recovery support services and must:
  • Be a nonprofit substance use disorder and/or mental health provider licensed and/or certified by DHCS as of July 1, 2020 (for substance use disorder or mental health services, depending on funding opportunity)
  • Have a current contract with the county Behavioral Health Department and currently serve safety net clients
  • Use funds only for provider telehealth development, enhancement and/or expansion 
Application Materials
Applications are due by August 3 at 1 p.m.  Please e-mail us with any questions.



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