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Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Collaborative

In 1996, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Developmental Services convened a Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) to jointly develop principles that address service and funding issues for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. The California Mental Health Directors Association and the Association of Regional Center Agencies were requested to appoint representatives to this task force.

In 1998, the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4696.1 was amended (Statutes of 1998, Chapter 1043, Section 17) to increase cooperation and collaboration between regional centers and county mental health agencies. Thus, the MHTF continued as a forum to meet this mandate.

In 2006, the Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Collaborative (Collaborative) was established and it replaced the MHTF. The Collaborative represented the interests of persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness and met quarterly in Sacramento. It was co-chaired by both a regional center and county mental health director. The Collaborative included representatives from the Association of Regional Center Agencies, the California Mental Health Directors Association, The Arc, regional centers, California Institute for Mental Health, private mental health service providers, family members, and the Department of Developmental Services

The Collaborative strengthened relationships between agencies that provide mental health services to persons with developmental disabilities and provided an opportunity for agencies to address issues facing this population. The Collaborative also monitored legislation for potential impact on constituents, and maintained information about community resources providing mental health services to persons with developmental disabilities.

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Last Updated: 4/15/2016