California  Council of Community  Behavioral Health Agencies
November 15, 2017

CCCBHA Affinity Members
By Rusty Selix

For a variety of reasons, I am being asked much more than ever about the thinking behind various provisions of the Mental Health Services Act when we are writing it in 2003 and how that relates to some of the challenges we now have.
The act still looks like it correctly identified what was needed to fulfill our goals. But many parts of it have not been implemented the way they were envisioned ...(click title to continue reading)

CCCBHA affinity members offer approved services that benefit our members while supporting our advocacy efforts. 
CCCBHA Events: Save the Dates!
CCCBHA Executive Advocacy Day
Jan. 29-30, 2018
Sacramento Embassy Suites
Jan. 29, Mon, 10 AM-2 PM:  Board Meeting
2-3 PM: Break
3-5 PM:  Policy Updates & Advocacy Day Orientation 
Jan. 30, Tues: Advocacy Day
Middle Management Academy

has been rescheduled for
March 6 - 9, 2018

to be determined
CCCBHA Spring Policy Forum 
& Advocacy Day
Sacramento Embassy Suites
Apr. 9-11, 2018 
Apr. 10, Tues: Policy Forum
Apr. 11, Wed: Advocacy Day
Upcoming Community Events
May 2-3, 2018 | Sheraton Carlsbad Conference Center, Carlsbad, California
The Preliminary Program is now available for the 18th Annual Behavioral Health Informatics Conference and Exposition. 
Save the date!
December 14, 2018
A fundraiser for the Steinberg Institute with Sacramento's Remedy 7 band
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Concert/Fundraiser will be held at:
Old Ironsides
1901 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Please RSVP to
We are currently accepting speaker and topic submissions. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal by December 8, 2017
The selection process is highly competitive and National Council members receive special consideration. We are particularly interested in proposals that:
* Are relevant to treatment organizations
* Inspire action
* Provide diverse approaches via real-life case studies
* Reflect evidence-based practices
* Are replicable
For more information visit the  Call for Presentations  page.

This is your chance to showcase your organization's 
success in improving the lives of people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 
last year's program  for inspiration and remember, the deadline for submissions is  December 8, 2017 .
Experience the dynamic Brené Brown and her life-affirming message.
Dr. Brown challenges us to view vulnerability in a new way - as a source of courage.
More than 30 million people have viewed her life-changing  TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, and she has   written four New York Times 
#1 best-sellers based on her 16 years of research on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.  You can expect the most provocative and relevant speakers and educational offerings in behavioral health at NatCon18. Our more than 5,000 attendees expect the very best - and they get it. 

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 
Washington, D.C. 
April 23-25
CCCBHA members,
use discount code:

National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America's community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,800 member organizations, it serves more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addictions. The organization is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. Mental Health First Aid has trained more than 780,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Coping with Retraumatization
Explains the signs and symptoms of retraumatization. Gives guidance on how to manage the symptoms. Provides resources for building resilience and an adequate support system for dealing with triggering events... (click title to continue reading)

Amid nationwide opioid crisis, SF health providers reduce painkiller prescriptions
Health insurers of San Francisco's workers and retirees say they have significantly reduced addictive painkiller prescriptions in response to the opioid crisis gripping the nation.  Not only are prescription opioid painkillers like fentanyl, oxycodone ...
Paperwork Reduction/Chart Note Workgroup Update
Paperwork Reduction/Chart Note Workgroup Update: Meeting with DCHS on October 30, 2017

CCCBHA has identified the issue of paperwork reductions as a top priority over the past year. A workgroup  has been working for some time   to address this issue,  led by Leslie Preston and Chris Stoner-Mertz. The Documentation Information Notice issued by DHCS was included in this effort, where CCCBHA combined its efforts and responses with CBHDA to address the issues and problems with the original draft of the Information Notice. A new memo was drafted recently and presented to Karen Baylor, Deputy Director for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders within DHCS by Executive Director Paul Curtis along with Leslie Preston and Chris Stoner-Mertz. The memo addressed the issue that California has a much higher average time for chart notes as compared to the national average and made some specific suggestions on how to address the problem.  A copy of the memo is attached   here .
If you have any questions or concerns about the issues raised in the letter please contact Paul Curtis at
State Specific Medicaid Fact Sheet Now Available
The National Council developed a series of state-specific fact sheets to help aid its members in their advocacy efforts.  Each fact sheet illustrates the challenges of accessing healthcare services. The goal in creating these fact sheets is to show what it means to live in poverty in the US while having serious mental illness and addiction disorder. 

The principal audience for these fact sheets are state legislators, Members of Congress, and their staff, while they can also be used to educate the media about the importance of 
Medicaid to people with mental illness.  
Included are three supplemental documents that can be used as reference when meeting with legislators, their staff, and the media:
(look for CA)
What counts as poverty? 
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Providers extend empathy toward their patients, but an over-extension of one's capacities can lead to problems. Compassion fatigue is a significant problem in the behavioral healthcare industry. Under certain circumstances, it can even have ethical or legal implications.
Preventing the onset of compassion fatigue is a matter of creating and sticking to an effective prevention strategy. In our blog post,"How to Prevent Compassion Fatigue"we cover five important steps in doing so. Click here to read more!
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