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Fiscal Years 2008-09 through 2010-11 MHSA Funding
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) received Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Funds for Fiscal Years 2008-09 through 2010-11. Funding allowed regional centers to develop and oversee innovative training that focuses on early intervention and treatment for children and families impacted by mental health issues, and treatment options for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
A Request for Application 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:
• Golden Gate Regional Center developed and implemented training on infant mental health utilizing evidence-based service models.
• Harbor Regional Center conducted training on two evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices entitled Breaking the Barriers: Forming Cross-System Partnerships to Effectively Serve Individuals with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities.
• San Andreas Regional Center established a collaborative community partnership. This partnership provided strategic professional development to strengthen a diverse workforce of collaborative and trans-disciplinary partners.
• San Diego Regional Center coordinated with all California regional centers to conduct Regional Planning Summits. The Summits promoted and facilitated effective collaboration between regional centers and county mental health programs to meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness that receive regional center services.
• San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center: Los Angeles County psychiatrists participated in local training on best practices in medication management, side effects, and monitoring. The project also included a Fellowship Practicum for county-contracted and private psychiatrists to receive education addressing consumers with mental health issues.
• San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center convened training for early start and adult providers, families, clinicians, and regional center staff on the best strategies for working with and supporting the children and families of young consumers at risk for abuse and trauma. Additional training focused on families, consumers, and providers who work with adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities and mental illness.
• Westside Regional Center established a training collaborative in partnership with North Los Angeles County Regional Center. The training collaborative educated participants on recognition, screening, referral, evaluation, treatment, and supports for consumers with mental health issues.