CalMHSA Membership

CalMHSA’s Membership as of November 2011:

  • 41 members
  • serving 89.5% of State’s Population

Six new members means CalMHSA now serves 34.5 million Californians

  • CalMHSA is well on its way to the goal of 100% participation of California counties, with six new members having joined CalMHSA since July—Humboldt, Lassen, Mariposa, San Benito, and Tuolumne counties and Tri-City Mental Health Center. With 41 members representing 42 entities, the portion of the State’s population served by CalMHSA now standing at 89.5% or 34.5 million residents. As of early November, four more counties have assigned funds and are in the membership process—Amador, Calaveras, Merced and Santa Barbara counties.

Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn and United Advocates for Children & Families Join CalMHSA Statewide PEI Program Partners Team

  • Two more Program Partners have joined CalMHSA’s Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) team: Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn (Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Program 1, Component 2) and United Advocates for Children & Families (Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Program 1, Component 3). For a complete list of the board approved PEI Program Partners, please visit our website.

Rand Corporation joins the CalMHSA team as the PEI Project Evaluator to provide oversight and support to the 25 CalMHSA Program Partners

  • Following through on CalMHSA’s commitment to integrity and accountability and to carrying out effective and efficient PEI initiatives, the CalMHSA board selected Rand Corporation to carry out a rigorous, objective, evaluation program for the PEI initiatives. The decision was made after an Evaluation RFSQ process for development of a strategic plan and implementation of a comprehensive evaluation of the three Statewide PEI Initiatives. After thorough review of proposals by a committee of independent subject matter experts, during the October 13th Board of Directors meeting, the Board adopted CalMHSA’s staff recommendation to approve RAND Corporation as the PEI Project Evaluator.

PEI Program Partners Orientation held on August 16th & 17th for Board-selected Program Partners

  • The Program Partners Orientation was held on August 16th and 17th at the Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento. The two-day event focused on increasing the capacity of the CalMHSA Statewide PEI Program Partners to effectively implement and successfully achieve the outcomes of the CalMHSA Statewide PEI Implementation Work Plan as they work to improve the well-being of Californians by preventing suicides, reducing stigma and discrimination towards individuals with serious mental illness, and improving student mental health.
  • On the 16th, a lunch was held to Honor Lived Experience. Special guest speakers included Clayton Chau, Associate Medical Director for Orange County; Vic Ojakian, advocate and family member; and Kamila Baker, CAYEN Board Chair. On the evening of the 16th, a reception was held featuring guest speakers Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and CalMHSA President Dr. Wayne Clark. By the end of the orientation, participants had taken the first steps towards building collaborative relationships and recognizing the interconnected nature of the Statewide PEI Initiatives.

Bylaws updated to make it easier for CalMHSA to pursue grant funding and for staff to carry out the directives of the Board

  • Under updated bylaws, the full Board reserves the authority to establish programs involving multiple members and member contributions, allowing pursuit of grants and establishment of small single-member administrative programs without having to convene the full board. A revision was made to clarify that either the Board or the Executive Committee can delegate authority to the Executive Director to execute contracts or categories of contracts, and clarify that the term “contract” can refer to a Participation Agreement. Staff anticipates is that the Board may want to delegate authority to the Executive Director to sign Participation Agreements that establish Programs of limited scope as specified by the Board or Executive Committee.
CalMHSA creates an Advisory Committee to provide guidance on future program matters
  • On August 11th, after extensive feedback from stakeholders and the public, the Board approved creation of an Advisory Committee. The committee will serve as advisory to the CalMHSA Board and Executive Committee who shall remain responsible for all program-related actions. The committee will consisting of twelve (12) members—six (6) members, one (1) member of CalMHSA Executive Committee who will serve as co-chair and five (5) regional CalMHSA Board Members, and six (6) stakeholders, one (1) co-chair and five (5) stakeholders representing the five (5) regions.
  • The kick-off Advisory Committee meeting will be held on November 17th in Sacramento.

CalMHSA – CMHDA business plan in development

  • Following board and staff discussion of future CalMHSA projects, CalMHSA has teamed with CMHDA to further research the role of CalMHSA, CMHDA and CiMH as it pertains to realignment as well as areas where these organizations may be able to assist counties in various capacities. CMHDA has taken the lead on creating a business plan which will address the challenges and needs of the community mental health system in California from a county perspective. The roles of CMHDA, CalMHSA, and CiMH will be considered as the “three legged stool” that forms the foundation for policy advocacy, fiscal and administrative services, and quality improvement training and technical assistance support for counties.

Updated CalMHSA Website features consumer and family member artwork

  • During several summer committee and board meetings, staff gathered feedback on the layout and navigation of the CalMHSA Website from members and stakeholders. Based on the feedback gathered, the Website was retooled for easier navigation (
  • At the direction of the board, staff solicited consumer and family member artwork to replace the pictures being used. An amazing array of artwork was received and staff encourages continued submission. All themes are welcome, and the following concepts are especially encouraged: wellness, recovery, and resilience; individual accomplishments, especially as related to mental health; and personal experiences in the mental health community.
CalMHSA in the News

Local volunteers sought to expand suicide hotline services to Northern California counties
Marin Independent Journal
A San Rafael-based nonprofit that operates a suicide prevention hotline will be looking for more local volunteers to answer phones as part of an expansion of its services to Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties. The Family Service Agency of Marin has been awarded $1.2 million by the California Mental Health Services Authority to fund the expansion effort. Read more

Community colleges awarded $7 million for mental health training
Los Angeles Times
California community colleges have been awarded nearly $7 million to help students cope with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. The grant from the California Mental Health Services Authority will be used to help train faculty and staff in the state's 112 community colleges to better respond to students who exhibit signs of mental distress.

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Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn chosen for $11.2M mental health campaign
Sacramento Business Journal
Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn this week was selected to lead a team of subcontractors to conduct a three-year $11.2 million social marketing campaign to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. Read more

A year after their son’s suicide, a Chico couple works to save other children
Chico News & Review
Dan and Joan Strauss weren’t able to attend the first Out of the Darkness Community Walk to prevent suicide last year at this time. That’s because, on the day of the walk, they were attending the funeral of their 17-year-old son, Alex, who had taken his own life just a few days earlier, on Oct. 11. Read more

Mental Health Association of San Francisco Establishes California Center for Dignity, Social Inclusion and Stigma Elimination
Sacramento Bee/PRNewswire-USNewswire
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) has completed contract negotiations with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to fund two 3-year contract projects via the new California Center for Dignity, Social Inclusion and Stigma Elimination (the Center). The two projects, Resource Development and Promising Practices Programs, both Prevention and Early Intervention programs administered by CalMHSA, are funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). Read more