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Statewide Advocacy Directory
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DISCLAIMER: Directory information (including meeting schedules and contact info) may change at any time and without notice. While we do our best to provide you with up-to-date information, always check with the county before relying on the information contained in this Directory. Thank you!

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Statewide Organizations

Click on the button of any organization listed below to see directory information.

 

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)

 

Address:  1325 J Street, Suite 1700

                Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone:     (916) 445-8696

Fax:          (916) 445-4927

Email:      MHSOAC@mhsoac.ca.gov

Executive Director

Name:  Toby Ewing

Phone:  (916) 445-8696

Fax:  (916) 445-4927

Email:  Toby.Ewing@mhsoac.ca.gov

MHSOAC RESPONSIBILITIES

Review of MHSA Programs

The MHSOAC oversees the MHSA funded programs and services through the counties’ annual updates.  Counties submit updates every year to reflect the status of programs and services in their counties.

Evaluations

The MHSOAC has a statutory mandate to evaluate how MHSA funding has been used, what outcomes have resulted, and how to improve services and programs.


Research

The MHSOAC supports collaborative research efforts to develop and implement improved tools and methods for program improvement and evaluation statewide.


Triage

County triage personnel provide linkages and services to what may be the first mental health contact for someone in crisis. Crisis services are provided at shelters, jails, clinics and hospital emergency rooms to help link a person to appropriate services.


Stakeholder Contracts

Statewide stakeholder advocacy contracts are focused on supporting the mental health needs of consumers, children and transition aged youth, veterans, racial and ethnic minority communities and their families through education, advocacy, and outreach efforts.


Commission Projects

The MHSOAC selects special project topics and under the direction of a subcommittee of Commissioners, conducts research through discussion, review of academic literature, and interviews with those closely affected by the topic to formulate recommendations for administrative or legislative changes.


Technical Assistance & Training

The MHSOAC offers technical assistance and training to counties, providers, clients and family members, and other stakeholders to support the goals of the MHSA and specific responsibilities of the Commission, such as review of counties’ MHSA-funded Innovative Program Plans.
 

Mission Statement

The MHSOAC's mission is to provide vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. Hold public mental health systems accountable. Provide oversight for eliminating disparities; promote wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensure positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.

Agency Overview

The role of the MHSOAC is to oversee the implementation of the MHSA.   The MHSOAC is also responsible for developing strategies to overcome stigma.  At any time, the MHSOAC may advise the Governor or the Legislature on mental health policy. 

The MHSOAC oversees the Adults and Older Adults Systems of Care Act; Human Resources; Innovative Programs; Prevention & Early Intervention Programs; and the Children’s Mental Health Services Act. The Commission replaced the advisory committee which had been established pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5814.

MHSOAC: Public Mental Health Meetings

Commission Chair

Name:  Khatera Tamplen

Constituency: Mental Health Clients

Commission Vice Chair

Name:  Lynn Ashbeck

Constituency: Health Care Services

Client and Family

Leadership Committee

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Committee Chair: Yo Mama

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

123 Main Street, Room 456

Anytown, CA 12345

Commission Meetings

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 9 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

Please Check the MHSOAC Website to confirm each month's meeting location.

Cultural and Linguistic

Competency Committee

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Committee Chair: Yo Mama

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

123 Main Street, Room 456

Anytown, CA 12345

Department of Health Care Services (DHCS

 

Address:  1500 Capitol Ave

                Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone:     (916) 440-7548

Email:      MHOmbudsmanoffice@dhcs.ca.gov

Executive Director

Name:  Jennifer Kent, MPA

Mission Statement

The mission of DHCS is to provide Californians with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services and long-term care. Our vision is to preserve and improve the overall health and well-being of all Californians.

Agency Overview

DHCS RESPONSIBILITIES

Review of MHSA Programs

The MHSOAC oversees the MHSA funded programs and services through the counties’ annual updates.  Counties submit updates every year to reflect the status of programs and services in their counties.

Evaluations

The MHSOAC has a statutory mandate to evaluate how MHSA funding has been used, what outcomes have resulted, and how to improve services and programs.


Research

The MHSOAC supports collaborative research efforts to develop and implement improved tools and methods for program improvement and evaluation statewide.


Triage

County triage personnel provide linkages and services to what may be the first mental health contact for someone in crisis. Crisis services are provided at shelters, jails, clinics and hospital emergency rooms to help link a person to appropriate services.


Stakeholder Contracts

Statewide stakeholder advocacy contracts are focused on supporting the mental health needs of consumers, children and transition aged youth, veterans, racial and ethnic minority communities and their families through education, advocacy, and outreach efforts.


Commission Projects

The MHSOAC selects special project topics and under the direction of a subcommittee of Commissioners, conducts research through discussion, review of academic literature, and interviews with those closely affected by the topic to formulate recommendations for administrative or legislative changes.


Technical Assistance & Training

The MHSOAC offers technical assistance and training to counties, providers, clients and family members, and other stakeholders to support the goals of the MHSA and specific responsibilities of the Commission, such as review of counties’ MHSA-funded Innovative Program Plans.
 

DHCS funds health care services for about 13.5 million Medi-Cal members. About one-third of Californians receive health care services financed or organized by DHCS, making the department the largest health care purchaser in California.  Our success is made possible only through collaboration and cooperation with other state agencies, counties, and partners as we invest more than $100 billion for the care of low-income families, children, pregnant women, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

 

Among the programs administered by DHCS, some of which are mandated by the federal government and others required by state law, are California Children’s Services; Child Health and Disability Prevention program; the Genetically Handicapped Persons Program; the Newborn Hearing Screening Program; the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment program; Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Every Woman Counts, and Coordinated Care Management. DHCS also administers programs for underserved Californians, including farm workers and American Indian communities.

DHCS: Public Mental Health Meetings

Commission Chair

Name:  Khatera Tamplen

Constituency: Mental Health Clients

Commission Vice Chair

Name:  Lynn Ashbeck

Constituency: Health Care Services

Client and Family

Leadership Committee

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Committee Chair: Yo Mama

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

123 Main Street, Room 456

Anytown, CA 12345

Commission Meetings

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 9 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

Please Check the MHSOAC Website to confirm each month's meeting location.

Cultural and Linguistic

Competency Committee

Contact Person:  Joe Blow

Phone:  (123) 456-7890

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Committee Chair: Yo Mama

Email:  joeblow@county.ca.gov

Meeting Schedule: 

Meetings take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Meeting Location:  

123 Main Street, Room 456

Anytown, CA 12345