CSAC Bulletin Article

REMINDER: Department of State Hospitals (DSH) Collaborative Stakeholder Workgroup Departmental Letter

November 30, 2023

In early September, the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) sent an email to all counties that included a Departmental Letter guiding counties on how to receive annual funds to support coordinating and facilitating collaborative County Stakeholder Workgroups that target strategies and seek solutions to decrease the criminalization of persons with serious mental illnesses in their communities and decrease the number of persons who are deemed incompetent to stand trial (IST) on felony charges.

Attached are copies of the Departmental Letter and the Letter of Intent (LOI). All counties are eligible to receive annual funding for participating in the collaborative community stakeholder workgroup program. DSH has extended the deadline to participate in the program. Please submit a completed LOI to DSHDiversion@dsh.ca.gov by COB December 31, 2023, to enter into a contract effective July 1, 2024.

Counties that currently have community collaborative workgroup contracts or are in the process of having a community collaborative workgroup contract with DSH do not need to apply again. Counties that have already submitted an LOI do not need to apply again.  As of July 2023, there were still 26 counties that were eligible for this funding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ryan at rmorimune@counties.org and Stanicia at sboatner@counties.org.

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