CSAC Bulletin Article

Administration to Host Two Behavioral Health Modernization Proposal Workshops in June

June 15, 2023

The Governor’s Administration has scheduled two workshops to provide additional information and hear from Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF) members (June 27th) and members of the public (June 29th) on the Governor’s proposal to modernize California’s behavioral health system. It should be noted that the Governor’s formal, detailed proposal has yet to be released.

  • BHTF Members Workshop:  The workshop on June 27th, 2pm – 4pm, will be dedicated to BHTF members discussion and will be hosted on a zoom webinar platform. Members of the public who wish to listen to the BHTF discussion, can register as attendees using this registration link for webinar.
  • Public Workshop:  The workshop on June 29th, 4pm – 6pm, will be dedicated to members of the public. The public workshop zoom meeting registration is available at this link.

In March, Governor Newsom announced next steps to modernize how California treats mental illness and substance use disorders, collectively known as the behavioral health system. His plan includes three key elements: a general obligation bond to fund behavioral health residential facilities along with housing for homeless veterans; a ballot initiative to modernize the Mental Health Services Act; and a proposal to make today’s behavioral health system work better for all Californians by improving statewide accountability and access to behavioral health services.

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