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Mental Health Services Act Cycle II - Fiscal Years 2011/12 through 2013/14

The following six regional centers received MHSA funding for nine projects. Please click the project link below to view detailed information about each project, including support and training materials.

MHSA CYCLE II PROJECT PRIORITIES

ALTA CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CENTER

CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL CENTER

NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER

REGIONAL CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

SAN GABRIEL/POMONA REGIONAL CENTER:

WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER

ALTA CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CENTER

MHSA Forums

In collaboration with the Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Collaborative, Sacramento County Children's Mental Health, Regional Centers, Department of Developmental Services, and others, this project highlighted successful projects from MHSA Cycles I and II. The MHSA Forums also encouraged statewide replication, promoted the adoption of best practices and service approaches for consumers with dual diagnoses, and delivered tools for effective system-wide collaboration.

Counties: All 58

Contact: John Decker

Project Website: http://www.altaregional.org/post/mhsa-forum

Substance Abuse Reduction

In collaboration with the Mexican American Addiction Program, the National Association on Alcohol, Drug, and Disability Inc., and various professional trainers, this project developed a multi-agency task force that addressed substance abuse and developmental disabilities. RC staff and service providers received education regarding substance abuse in individuals with developmental disabilities. Through this project, consumers had access to substance abuse classes focusing on prevention and wellness and a peer support group.

Counties: Placer, Yolo, and Yuba

Contact: John Decker

Project Website: http://www.altaregional.org/post/mhsa-substance-abuse-reduction-training-project

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CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL CENTER

Foundations of Infant Mental Health Training Program

In collaboration with the Central California Children's Institute, this project was based on the Revised Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health. The program was designed for clinicians, service providers, and other professionals working in one of the six participating agencies in the Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) catchment area and addressed professional developmental needs.

Counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare

Contact: Kayti Quesada

Project Website: http://www.cvrc.org/index.php?id=155

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NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER

Building Bridges - Meeting the Needs of Individuals Diagnosed with a Mental Illness and a Developmental Disability

In collaboration with the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, this project replicated San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center's MHSA Cycle I Project, which focused on the best strategies for working with and supporting families of consumers who are at-risk for abuse and trauma.

Counties: Napa, Solano, and Sonoma

Contact: Pamela Madden-Krall

Project Website: http://nbrc.net/community-resources/mhsa-grant-info/

Project Connect

In collaboration with the Napa County Office of Education, this project addressed barriers and gaps existing across early childhood mental health service systems in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Project Connect familiarized agencies and professionals with the importance of the social-emotional well-being of young children. Training prepared professionals to support, evaluate, intervene, and treat the mental health needs of young children and to support their families. Project Connect also built an on-going evaluation plan to measure progress toward ameliorating barriers.

Counties: Napa, Solano, and Sonoma

Project Website: http://nbrc.net/community-resources/mhsa-grant-info/

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REGIONAL CENTER OF THE EAST BAY

Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Collaborative

In collaboration with 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 regional center administered the dual system (County Mental Health departments and regional centers), Mental Health Consultant position, and funded the Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Collaborative quarterly meetings.

Counties: All 58 counties

Meeting Minutes: http://www.dds.ca.gov/HealthDevelopment/MHSA_Collaborative.cfm

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SAN GABRIEL/POMONA REGIONAL CENTER

Project HOPE

In collaboration with Alma Family Services and Board Resource Center, this project offered group and individual psychotherapy to an identified core group of adult consumers with a recent history of one or more psychiatric hospitalizations. These consumers received training in anger management, social skills, human sexuality, and problem solving Semi-annual training was provided for San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center staff, families, residential providers, and other vendors to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, provided tips to enhance coping abilities, and offered strategies to identify and de-escalate behaviors leading to psychiatric hospitalization. Consumers, families, and providers learned strategies to reduce problem behaviors and decrease the need for psychiatric hospitalization.

County: Los Angeles

Contact: Nora Perez-Givens

Project Website: http://www.sgprc.org/Resources/Resources.html

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WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER

Transition Age Youth Service Integration Project (LATAY SIP)

In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, North Los Angeles County Regional Center, various trainers, and regional center vendors, this project identified needs, barriers, and patterns of services used among transition age youth (TAY) in the Los Angeles area. These included points of entry, strengths and weaknesses present at each agency, and barriers to multi-agency services. TAY and their families supported the project by identifying services most frequently used.

In-service training events addressed the needs of TAY, provided a forum for collaboration and exchange of information, and boosted workforce competency. The LATAY SIP developed a user-friendly culturally appropriate resource directory for TAY, families, case managers, agency personnel, and others.

Counties: Los Angeles and Ventura

Contacts: Alicia Bazzano and Aga Spatzier

Project Website: http://www.reachacrossla.org/LATAYSIP.aspx

Tools for Accessing Quality of Services

In collaboration with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, North Los Angeles County Regional Centers, Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center, regional center vendors, and expert trainers, this project identified which assessment and treatment models were being utilized, developed quality assessment tools to evaluate best practices, and improved integrated systems of care for consumers with dual diagnoses. The interagency collaborative addressed current service needs and created tools based on administrative record reviews and surveys to enhance the quality of assessments and treatments for consumers with mental health challenges.

Counties: Los Angeles and Ventura

Contact: Alicia Bazzano

Project Website: http://www.reachacrossla.org/LATAQS.aspx

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Last Updated: 4/15/2016