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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)
• ACRC established the Substance Abuse Reduction Project for consumers with mental health challenges. The project initiates a multi-agency task force addressing substance abuse and developmental disabilities, a consumer support group, and a residential clean and sober facility.
Consumers have access to substance abuse education focusing on prevention and wellness. Regional center staff and service providers receive education regarding substance abuse in individuals with developmental disabilities.
Contact: John Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org
• MHSA Forums showcase the MHSA Projects to encourage statewide project replication and the adoption of best practices and service approaches for consumers with mental illness. The MHSA Forums also provide a mechanism for effective system-wide collaboration.
Contact: John Decker at email@example.com
Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC)
The Central Valley Regional Center developed the Foundations of Infant Mental Health Training Program. The program implemented a multi-county, multi-disciplinary program for professionals from agencies within the regional center catchment area. It is directly responsive to the professional development needs of these agencies.
North Bay Regional Center (NBRC)
• Building Bridges introduces area professionals to methods and resources for screening, identification, diagnosis, treatment, and discharge in a collaborative cross-system context. Trainings present effective ways to reduce inappropriate behaviors, and differentiate between behaviors associated with mental illness and those associated solely with developmental disabilities.
Contact: Pamela Madden-Krall, M.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Project Connect addresses barriers and gaps across the early childhood mental health service systems in Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties. Project Connect familiarizes agencies and professionals with the importance of the social-emotional well-being of young children. Project Connect also incorporates an ongoing evaluation plan measuring progress to ameliorate barriers.
Training prepares professionals to support, evaluate, intervene early, and treat the mental health needs of young children and support their families. Project Connect also builds an ongoing evaluation plan that measures progress towards ameliorating barriers.
Contact: Patrick Maher, M.D. at PatrickM@nbrc.net
Regional Center of the East Bay
The Regional Center of the East Bay administers the dual system (County Mental Health departments and regional centers) Mental Health Consultant positions and funds the MH/DD Collaborative quarterly meetings.
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center (SG/PRC)
PROJECT HOPE offers group and individual psychotherapy to an identified core group of adult consumers with a recent history of one or more psychiatric hospitalizations. These consumers receive training in anger management, social skills, human sexuality, and problem solving. Consumers, families, and providers learn strategies to reduce problem behaviors, and decrease the need for psychiatric hospitalization.
SG/PRC staff, families, residential providers, and other vendors participate in semi-annual training. Training increases awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, provide tips to enhance consumers’ coping abilities, and offer strategies to identify and de-escalate behaviors that often lead to psychiatric hospitalization.
Westside Regional Center
• The Transitional Age Youth Service Integration Project identifies local needs, barriers, and patterns of service use among Transitional Age Youth (TAY) in the Los Angeles area. TAY and their families will support the project by identifying:
- Services used most frequently.
- Points of entry.
- Strengths and weaknesses present at each agency.
- Barriers to multi-agency collaborative services.
The above needs assessment data will inform the project. In-service training events will address identified needs of TAY and provide a forum to collaborate, exchange information, and boost workforce competency. A user-friendly, culturally appropriate resource directory for TAY, families, case managers, agency personnel, and others is being developed.
• The Tools for Accessing Quality of Services project improves integrated systems of care for consumers with a mental illness. The project identifies current assessment and treatment models being utilized in the field, address current service needs, and generate tools to enhance the quality of assessments and treatments for consumers with mental health challenges.