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Fiscal Years 2011-12 through 2013-14 MHSA Funding
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) received Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds for Fiscal Years 2011-12 through 2013-14. Funding allows regional centers to develop and oversee innovative projects focusing on early intervention and treatment for children and adults.
DDS established the MHSA Priorities based on feedback from our Priority Planning Committee and the Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) Collaborative. A Request for Applications was distributed to regional centers. Upon careful review of the applications, the selection committee, comprised of committed stakeholders, awarded funding to the following regional centers:
ALTA CALIFORNIA REGIONAL CENTER (ACRC)
•The Substance Abuse Reduction project developed a multi-agency task force to address 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.
Contact: John Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org
•ACRC hosted MHSA Forums to highlight successful projects from MHSA Cycles I and II. The MHSA Forums encouraged statewide replication and promoted the adoption of best practices and service approaches for consumers with dual diagnoses. The MHSA Forums also delivered tools for effective system-wide collaboration.
Contact: John Decker at email@example.com
CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL CENTER (CVRC)
The Foundations of Infant Mental Health Training Program 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 CVRC catchment area and addressed professional developmental needs.
Contact: Kayti Quesada at firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER (NBRC)
•Building Bridges — Meeting the Needs of Individuals Diagnosed with a Mental Illness and a Developmental Disability, replicated San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center's MHSA Cycle I Project focusing on best strategies for working with and supporting families of consumers who are at-risk for abuse and trauma.
Contact: Pamela Madden-Krall, M.A. at email@example.com
•Project Connect 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.
Contact: Patrick Maher, M.D. at PatrickM@nbrc.net
REGIONAL CENTER OF THE EAST BAY
The Regional Center of the East Bay administered the dual system (County Mental Health departments and regional centers), Mental Health Consultant position, and funded the MH/DD Collaborative quarterly meetings.
SAN GABRIEL/POMONA REGIONAL CENTER (SG/PRC)
PROJECT HOPE 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 SG/PRC staff, families, residential providers, and other vendors. Training increased 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.
Contact: Nora Perez-Givens at firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTSIDE REGIONAL CENTER
•The Transitional Age Youth Service Integration Project (LATAY SIP) identified needs, barriers, and patterns of services used among 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.
•The Tools for Accessing Quality of Services identified which assessment and treatment models are being utilized, developed quality assessment tools to evaluate best practices, and improved integrated systems of care for consumers with dual diagnoses. The Interagency Collaborative expanded its role to address current service needs. The Collaborative also created tools based on administrative record reviews and surveys to enhance the quality of assessments and treatments for consumers with mental health challenges.
Contacts: Alicia Bazzano, M.D. at email@example.com