Weekly Wrap-Up

  Announcing the Mental Health Matters Day 
T-Shirt Logo Design Contest
Mental Health America of California (MHAC) and all of the Mental Health Matters Day (MHMD) partners are pleased to announce the MHMD T-shirt Logo Contest. The contest is sponsored and directly funded by the MHAC and the MHMD partners as part of a collaborative statewide
effort to:

Raise awareness about K-12 student mental health and wellness
Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
Create nurturing and supportive environments that foster recovery
In this contest, middle and high school students are invited to design a logo for the 2020 MHMD T-Shirt.


Governor Newsom Previews $1 Billion in Budget Proposal to Jump-Start New Homeless Fund and Provide Behavioral Health Services

Signs Order to Accelerate State Action to Fight Homelessness
Governor announces the creation of new California Access to Housing and Services Fund in executive order, previews his 2020-21 Governor's Budget with more than $1 billion to fight homelessness, including $750 million for this new Fund, and a major new investment to reform Medi-Cal so that health providers transform health care to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health

California Bills Would Make Insurers Cover More Mental Health
California legislators on Tuesday introduced two bills aimed at improving access to mental health and addiction treatment by requiring health insurance companies to authorize some forms of treatment more quickly and to cover more comprehensive mental health services.

Newsom Budget Calls for New Early Childhood Department, Boosts Funds for Housing, Mental Health and Foster Care Reform

I n his  second   annual budget proposal  on Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development, vowed to pursue substantive behavioral health reforms in California and continued to support major child welfare initiatives from his predecessor, former California Governor Jerry Brown.

The new department would consolidate the work of numerous agencies and programs that serve children and low-income families, including CalWORKS (the state's welfare program), Head Start and Early Head Start, and emergency child care for foster families. Newsom would also increase state preschool funding to include 10,000 more children, as it moves toward a goal of universal preschool for all 4-year-olds from low-income families.


Public Health Code of Ethics 

The Public Health Code of Ethics is a set of professional standards and expectations intended for public health practitioners   throughout the field.

In 2002, a code entitled Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health was developed by a team of public health practitioners engaged in a project with the Public Health Leadership Society. The American Public Health Association adopted the principles, and they were published in the American Journal of Public Health

At that time, it was already recognized that the field of public health was experiencing dynamic growth and that the code would best serve the field if it were occasionally reexamined and possibly revised. Now, as the field of public health enters the era of Public Health 3.0, in which public health practitioners and programs prioritize social determinants for health and interact with a growing diversity of partners, it is important to reexamine and reemphasize public health's commitments to ethical practice and public service.

Employment Opportunity

President and Chief Executive Officer
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services ("Didi Hirsch" or the "Agency"), a growing leader and voice in the national mental health sector, seeks a visionary and innovative executive to build on the organization's 75 years of impact and success. This individual will succeed a long-time and incredibly effective leader, Kita Curry, who has devoted the last 21 years to the organization.


January 21, 2020
National Racial Day of Healing
We invite everyone to join us for the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing - rooted in experiences for truth telling and trust building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Racial healing is not only important, it is essential. Because healing is at the heart of racial equity.

Monday, June 8, 2020
Save the Date
NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors
Matilda White Riley, Ph.D. (1911-2004) Download PDF (634 KB) was a celebrated scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences whose transformative work and leadership in the behavioral and social sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is honored annually by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
Each year, NIH honors the research trajectory and continuing influence of Dr. Matilda White Riley in the behavioral and social sciences across and beyond the NIH. Initiated as an annual distinguished scholar lecture, OBSSR expanded the event in 2016 to recognize emerging scientists with a competition for peer-reviewed articles by Early Stage Investigators (ESIs).


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