CSAC Bulletin Article

Health and Human Services 05/10/2013

Senate President Offers Mental Health “Plan of Action” Proposal

Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg announced his “Plan of Action” for mental health services this week. 

In a press conference on Tuesday, the Senate’s leader announced his push to leverage millions of dollars from various sources to add 2,000 residential crisis treatment beds, 200 mental health triage personnel, 25 mobile Crisis Support Teams, expand the Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees( ISMIP), and increase Medi-Cal enrollment and outreach efforts for at-risk people who may require mental health services. 

The plan, to be implemented over two years, would also offer counties the opportunity for $500,000 grants to meet the infrastructure and staffing needs for these additional services. 

The plan calls for a mix of county realignment funds, federal funds, Mental Health Services Act funds, grants from the California Endowment for outreach, and certain designated funds from hospitals to pay for it. 
For more information, visit his website. CSAC will have a more robust analysis of this plan after next week’s May Revision budget so that we may more adequately analyze the fiscal consequences and opportunities for counties. 

State Pushes Coordinated Care Initiative Start to January 2014

The Department of Health Care Services announced this week that a portion of the 8-county Coordinated Care Initiative, now officially dubbed Cal Medi-Connect, will be pushed back until January 2014. The start date had been pegged for September for some of the participating counties. 
For more information, visit the DHCS web page

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