Weekly Wrap-Up
May 7, 2021
Special Thanks
MHAC Expresses Gratitude to
Richard Van Horn for Board Tenure

Mental Health America of California (MHAC) would like to express our utmost gratitude for the leadership, advocacy, devotion, philanthropy and service Richard Van Horn has given to MHAC throughout his tenure as Mental Health America of California Board Chairperson. The most recent post as MHAC Board Chairperson was only a fraction of the contributions Richard has made to MHAC. For more than 40 years Richard’s tenacity, knowledge and wisdom have played an integral role in the perseverance and advancement of MHAC.

In the short documentary, “The Legacy of Richard Van Horn,” Richard discuss how, “we’re called to believe in all these things that are supposedly impossible, but we learn to do them anyway. We don’t give up, EVER!” 

MHAC thanks Richard for applying this philosophy toward MHAC. As Richard’s role as MHAC Board Chairperson closes, we are proud to be in a position of upward momentum, stability and longevity. 

State Telehealth Laws and
Reimbursement Policies Spring 2021

A Comprehensive Scan of 50 States and D.C. Findings & Highlights

Historically, The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has released twice a year (Spring and Fall) updates to its “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies” report in the form of a PDF report document that details all the telehealth policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Over the years this has evolved to include an update to CCHP’s online database of the same information. In 2021 the information in the State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Report has transitioned exclusively to a new and improved online database tool.

Take Action to Decriminalize California’s Emergency Response to Mental Health Crises

Please Take 30 Seconds to Sign the Petition to CA Legislators

Urge California Lawmakers to Pass AB 988 (Bauer-Kahan), also known the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act, to designate “988” as the new three-digit alternative to “911” for mental health emergencies, ensuring that trained mental health professionals – not law enforcement – respond to those in crisis.


Registration Now Open

Friday, May 28, 2021
3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Social Justice Advocacy
Building a Better Support Network with Dr. Takla Description

This workshop will define social justice advocacy and ways it can support the mental and emotional well being of Black people. Through conversation and reflection on recent events workshop participants will examine the ways in which social advocacy supports Black communities and lack of advocacy hinders growth and wellness. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop practices to increase social awareness and advocacy in their families and communities.

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