Mental Health Services Act – Cycle III

Fiscal Years 2014/2015 through 2016/2017

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


Enhancing Cultural Competence in Clinical Care Settings – The 4C

In collaboration with Central California Children’s Institute, this project will expand the content of Central Valley Regional Center’s (CVRC) MHSA Cycle II project, the Foundations of Infant Mental Health Training Program. Enhancing Cultural Competence in Clinical Care Settings – The 4C, through team-based learning, will promote culturally competent clinical care and systems coordination in early childhood mental health. The project is framed around two models, The Neurorelational Framework (NRF) and Use of Self as a Cultural Being, and will specifically:

  • Provide an integrated and advanced curriculum of these models to train two multi-disciplinary county-based cohorts on the impact of sensory profiles, toxic stress, and trauma on early relationships.
  • Convene a workshop to engage CVRC professionals to support the development and implementation of a broad RC plan to promote culturally competent service delivery.

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

Contact: Kayti Quesada

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Mental Health/Developmental Services Collaborative – Facing the Issues for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Involved in the Criminal Justice System

In collaboration with the Association of Regional Center Agencies and RCs, this project will develop a training curriculum, convene training, and provide statewide technical assistance to potential RC vendors. These efforts are designed to address the lack of competency trainers within communities and reduce incarceration time. The project will specifically:

  • Develop a resource guide, with cross training materials, for RCs and various agencies to identify best practices and existing models of collaboration.
  • Enhance the understanding of the legal process for RC staff so they can better assist consumers in navigating the criminal justice system.
  • Establish a venue for data collection and discussion with RCs to identify key issues of concern.
  • Establish a task force, comprised of representatives from criminal justice, developmental services, and mental health agencies, to identify solutions that address statewide systemic issues.

Counties: All 58

Contact: Kayti Quesada

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The Schreiber Center

In collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department and Alegria Community Living, a community provider supporting adults with developmental disabilities who have medical, behavioral or age-related support needs, this project will establish a new specialized mental health clinic in Alameda County. The clinic will provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and individual and group therapy to consumers with dual diagnoses. This project will specifically:

  • Develop and implement referral pathways from the RC.
  • Provide supportive housing sites, community clinics, emergency medical services, and other resources.
  • Develop culturally competent resources to inform consumers, family members, and community providers regarding services that are provided.
  • Provide didactic training to staff to increase their confidence and competence in utilizing knowledge and skills to engage consumers.

County: Alameda

Contact: Lisa Kleinbub

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Psychiatric Navigation Project (PNP)

In collaboration with the Fred Finch Youth Center, this project will respond to, and address, the complex needs of dually diagnosed transition age youth (TAY) who are high utilizers of emergency rooms and acute psychiatric facilities. The PNP will use evidence-based practices to assist with referral and connection to appropriate community resources; assist with continuity of care before, during, and after hospital admission; and identify new community resources. The project will specifically:

  • Develop toolkits to support TAY with transitioning through emergency psychiatric care and provide comprehensive continuity of care before, during, and after psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Create a Navigation Coordinator position to oversee consumer admissions, discharges, and linkages to community resources.
  • Develop curriculum to train emergency room psychiatric staff on best practices in providing services to TAY.

Counties: Imperial and San Diego

Contacts: Dan Clark & Peggie Webb

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Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for Dual Diagnosis

In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH), EBP trainers, and RC vendors, this project will provide training on three approved Los Angeles County EBP practices and their application in prevention and early intervention for consumers with dual diagnoses. With training, clinicians and service providers at local county mental health agencies will be able to provide comprehensive treatment options and increase collaboration on treatment plans. The project will specifically:

  • Convene a needs assessment of county and managed care mental health providers to determine a targeted EBP.
  • Provide extended class training for six clinical cohorts.

County: Los Angeles

Contacts: Tom Kelly & Danise Lehrer

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Project UNITE

In collaboration with Sifted, Los Angeles, Family Resource and Empowerment Center, and the University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, this project will provide new and enhanced specialized services and supports for transition age youth (TAY) with, or at risk of, dual diagnosis. The project will increase early detection and assessment of mental health conditions, and facilitate linkages with treatment and integrated supports for TAY and their families. The project will specifically:

  • Focus on prevention and early intervention strategies through screenings for mental health conditions and link youth and families with integrated treatment and supports through a consumer-run wellness center.
  • Convene the TAY Collaborative to bring professionals together from multiple systems to oversee mental health screenings, strengthen collaboration efforts, and work on a shared-case management protocol.

County: Los Angeles

Contacts: Danise Lehrer & Aga Spatzier

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Last modified: April 29, 2023