Weekly Wrap-Up


Updates on California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal
CalAIM Stakeholder Update
Based upon the thoughtful discussions that have occurred through the CalAIM workgroups and stakeholder engagement process, the link below is a downloadable summary of recent changes and updates to the initiative's proposals.

How COVID-19 May Impact Mental Health
The recent reported outbreaks and fatalities of the COVID-19 disease may impact mental health by elevating anxiety worldwide. COVID-19 is the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A quick query on Google for COVID-19 returns well over half a billion results.

FDA Bans Shock Device Used on Mentally Disabled Patients
Federal officials on Wednesday banned electrical shock devices used to discourage aggressive, self-harming behavior in patients with mental disabilities.
The announcement from the Food and Drug Administration follows years of pressure from patient groups and mental health experts who have called the treatment outdated, ineffective and unethical. The agency first announced its intent ban the devices in 2016.

On a Montana Reservation, Strengthening Tribal Identity to Prevent Youth Suicide
For children and families of historically underrepresented communities, evidence-based programs that draw on cultural roots offer the greatest opportunities for success.
This realization informs the work of Wa'Kan Ye'Zah or "Little Holy One." With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the project is applying an innovative culturally oriented approach to curtail youth substance abuse and suicide at Montana's Fort Peck Reservation.


Monday, March 23, 2020
2nd Annual Innovation Idea Lab
The Yolo County Mental Health Services Act team is collaborating with Solano and Sacramento counties to host the 2nd Annual Innovation Idea Lab.  This very successful event is a project of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission's Youth Innovation Committee.  It is an opportunity to hear the voice and choice of our Youth Leaders regarding preventative mental health services and strategies to increase the resilience of young people.  In addition to the invitation for Youth Leaders to participate in the event scheduled for March 23rd in Suisun City, CA, a request for Multi-media Voice submissions is also being made.


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