Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health Committee aims for systemic change

Stephanie Welch- CHAIR

The Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health Work Group monitors and assesses key policy issues regarding the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health systems. We work to support one of CCMH's key objectives: to reduce the incarceration of individuals living with mental health conditions through diversion programs, and to assure - while incarcerated and upon their release - that they receive appropriate and necessary medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment and supports.

The Criminal Justice Work Group is concerned with community re-entry and integration for individuals living with mental illness and have been released or paroled; we look at the challenges of community re-entry, including both facility siting and housing options. In addition, we promote quality juvenile justice strategies such as ending the use of solitary confinement, prevention and early intervention programs, and increased adoption and use of mental health programs that are best practices. Finally, we also investigate strategies to address the disproportion of youth of color currently being incarcerated.

To learn more about CCJBH (Council on Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health), a program of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, click HERE.

Barriers of Having a Criminal Background Infographic

Justice Status, Employment, & Expungement Fact Sheet

Intermediate and Acute Mental Health Program Fact Sheet

 

Parity Committee seeks equal health care access

Randall Hagar- CHAIR

CCMH's Parity Work Group addresses health insurance discrimination that seriously harms people with mental health and substance use disorders. Parity is crucial to ensuring that people living with a mental illness receive necessary care on the same terms as the other physical conditions covered by their health care plans.

In practice, this means that access to medications; prior authorization policies; co-pays for service; availability of psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other providers; and related services are not more stringently limited in scope and duration compared to other health care benefits.

In early 2016, President Obama commissioned a mental health parity task force to address the discrimination experienced by those with mental illness or substance abuse problems within the health care system. To find out more about this task force, click HERE.

Federal Parity Task Force Fact Sheet

Parity Task Force Final Report

Below are relevant news items from the Parity Committee:

STATE FINDS MENTALLY ILL IMPROPERLY DENIED COVERAGE FOR TREATMENT NEARLY HALF THE TIME
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JUST LIKE PATIENTS, THERAPISTS ALSO BATTLE INSURANCE RED TAPE
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'PREDATORY' INSURANCE PRACTICE MAY PUT YOUNG PSYCH PATIENTS AT RISK
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DISABILITY RIGHTS CALIFORNIA MENTAL HEALTH PARITY PROJECT
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Housing Committee focuses on ending homelessness

Chad CostelloChair

Expanding safe and affordable housing is a key priority for CCMH, as it is a well-established social determinant of health. County behavioral health departments, community-based providers, family members, and mental health service consumers are essential partners in any effort to reduce and prevent homelessness when mental health challenges and/or substance use are key contributing factors. A safe place to call home is essential for personal recovery and wellness, and behavioral health services are critical in preventing homelessness.

Based on our experiences, we believe several principles must be considered in designing new efforts and targeting new investments; to learn more, click HERE.

 

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Documents & Resources

CCMH White Paper - January 2017

Recommendations to the CA State Legislature to Improve Mental Health for Impacted Californians

Attachment A - CCMH White Paper

Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals Trailer Bill Technical Modifications - June 2016

Attachment B - CCMH White Paper

Recommendations on Ensuring "No Place Like Home" (NPLH) Eligibility

Cover Letter - February 2017

Press Release - February 2017

Op-Ed - February 2017

Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Protect, Improve Mental Health Services

Legislation of Interest

Show Current Legislative Positions 

Show Prior Legislative Positions 

California Gubenatorial Candidate
Statements on Mental Health

John Cox

 

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