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Behavioral Health seeks feedback on innovative projects

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites community members to review and provide feedback on the draft 2019 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Plan, which includes creative, time-limited, test projects focused on eating-disorder prevention and treatment, art, and service­ delivery improvement. Projects with successful outcomes may become permanent programs.

The Eating Disorder Collaborative project seeks to develop a partnership between behavioral health professionals and primary healthcare providers, including community health centers and college health clinics, in an effort to educate staff on how to recognize and access services for a person living with an eating disorder and where to refer for treatment.

The Cracked Eggs project is a therapeutic art workshop series that uses art, in conjunction with peerfacilitators and behavioral health professionals, to express and manage mental health symptoms.

The Full Service Partnership project, developed in collaboration with Fresno, Marin, Ventura, Siskiyou, and Sacramento counties, seeks to create a consistent behavioral health care service experience across the state and implement measurable goals to improve care.

“MHSA funded innovation projects allow our department to discover and test new methods of delivering behavioral health care,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “This funding, along with feedback received from our community members, helps DBH provide services responsive to the unique needs of our county.”

The plan and comment forms are available for review at www.sbcounty.gov/dbh during the public posting of this plan from Nov. 27 through Dec. 26. For a printed copy of the plan and/or comment forms, alternative formats, or for questions and/or to submit comments by phone, call (800) 722-9866 or dial7-1-1 forTIY users.

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Governor Newsom’s ‘Statewide Expert’ on Homelessness visits San Bernardino County

Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento’s mayor, co-chair of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force, and co-author of the seminal Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), visited San Bernardino County this week to hear from residents and experience first-hand how San Bernardino County Behavioral Health’s (DBH) MHSA-funded programs and services have lifted people out of homelessness, poverty and addiction.

Steinberg’s visit was part of his plan to tour different counties around the state to observe best practices and strategies relating to homelessness and behavioral health prevention, diversion, and intervention. Steinberg will use the information, coupled with input received from local governments and constituents, to inform the state’s work on homelessness and its mental health system. Just hours prior to Steinberg’s visit to the county, the Department of Health Care Services announced a new framework for Medi-Cal reform through CalAIM (CA Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal), a program seeking to leverage Medicaid to help address the challenges facing California’s most vulnerable residents, such as homelessness and behavioral health care access.

While here, Steinberg toured an MHSA-funded recreational vehicle transformed into a mobile health clinic providing physical and behavioral health care, often to those experiencing homelessness, and visited a Transitional Age Youth Center to speak with formerly homeless youth who, through support from MHSA-funded programs, accessed behavioral health treatment and supportive housing and are now thriving. His tour also included a visit to a crisis residential and stabilization treatment center, a supportive housing project, and a roundtable discussion with County leaders and community partners.

“As the author of the Mental Health Services Act, it was incredibly rewarding to see how successfully San Bernardino County is deploying these critical resources,” said Steinberg. Addressing unsheltered homelessness must be a top priority for local governments across our state, and San Bernardino programs are a model for other jurisdictions to utilize MHSA to address the crisis.”

“San Bernardino County was honored to welcome Mayor Steinberg to our community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We work hard as a county to improve the quality of life of our residents and were pleased to have the opportunity to showcase these efforts and engage in discussion about the success stories as a result of MHSA funding.”

“I was proud to demonstrate to Mayor Steinberg the great programs and projects our county is implementing thanks to the MHSA funding we receive,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who chairs the San Bernardino County Interagency Council on Homelessness. “I am hopeful that the Task Force will continue working with local jurisdictions to ensure they have the flexibility to continue to delivery vital services specific to needs of our chronically homeless population.”

“MHSA disrupted the status quo surrounding behavioral health care in our state and allowed behavioral health providers like DBH to expand our service delivery model to include preventive and supportive services to address homelessness in persons living with a debilitating mental illness, which has significantly changed the trajectory of this disease,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “DBH is thankful for leaders like Mayor Steinberg who are passionate about the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our community and willing to speak on and work towards creating a world where everyone is able to achieve optimum wellness.”

Since its inception in 2005, MHSA funding has allowed DBH to house over 600 people and expand preventative services to over 150,000 additional people annually.

Steinberg is the founder of Steinberg Institute and is the original co-author of Proposition 63 (also known as the MHSA), a voter-approved proposition intended to reduce the long-term adverse impact on individuals, families and state and local budgets resulting from untreated serious mental illness. Governor Newsom announced Steinberg’s role as co-chair of the Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force on May 21, 2019 and named him a ‘statewide expert’ on homelessness July 16, 2019.

In July, Dr. Thomas lnsel, the internationally-renowned neuroscientist and psychiatrist appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to be his special advisor on mental health also visited San Bernardino County.

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Psychiatrists awarded $2.3M in student loan relief

San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) psychiatrists have been awarded a state grant of $2.3 million in student loan pay-offs in exchange for their commitment to serve low-income individuals and families in the county. 

In July, CalHealthCares, a Department of Health Care Services program, announced the names of the physicians selected to receive the award for the April 2019 cycle. Of the total 247 awardees, 8 were DBH psychiatrists. According to the CalHealthCares website, the advisory council considered the applicants current and proposed caseload of Medi-Cal beneficiaries and threshold language(s) spoken at work, among other factors, in determining who would receive an award. CalHealthCares repays educational loan debt up to $300 k in exchange for a five-year commitment to hold a caseload made up of a minimum of 30 percent Medi-cal beneficiaries. 

For DBH Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist Dr. Rishi M. Parikh, the award is a welcome relief from the financial burden that accompanies attending medical school. “With student debt at an all-time high, early career psychiatrists have to routinely think of their own debt when making major life decisions such as getting married, having children, or buying a home,” said Dr. Parikh. “This award eases student debt burden and allows one to focus on family and the community we serve.” 

“This award confirms DBH psychiatrists’ commitment to serve the most severely and persistently mentally ill in San Bernardino County,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “It also supports our department’s efforts to ensure that the residents of the San Bernardino County, the geographically largest county in the country, have access to quality behavioral health.”  

DBH provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services to San Bernardino County residents who are uninsured and/or on Medi-Cal, in addition to providing community crisis and disaster response services. Learn more about DBH services by visiting www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

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