Policy Brief: Sacramento County School-based Mental Health: An Innovative Approach to Providing Mental Health Care to School Age Children

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, November 3, 2020

Describes new partnership with Sacramento County Office of Education and the Sacramento County Department of Behavioral Health to place a mental health clinician in every school.

Policy Brief: California’s Health Workforce Crisis: The Pipeline for New Psychiatrists Falls Short

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, October 5, 2020

The current shortage of psychiatrists in California has created a behavioral health workforce crisis that is worsening. This policy brief considers fundamental metrics to help understand the capacity of the workforce pipeline to produce new psychiatrists.

Reentry Health Policy Project: Summary of Publications

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, May 28, 2020

Policy Brief: CalAIM – Opportunities and Implications for the Reentry and Justice-Involved Population

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, February 28, 2020

This policy brief provides an overview of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) proposal to re-envision the state’s Medi-Cal program and its focus on the reentry/justiceinvolved population. The brief also suggests opportunities and challenges.

Policy Brief: The Prevalence of Mental Illness in California Jails is Rising. An Analysis of Mental Health Cases and Psychotropic Medication Prescriptions from 2009 to 2019.

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, February 5, 2020

New analysis of statewide jail data finds a 42% increase in number of inmates with active mental health cases over past 10 years.  The share of the jail population with an active mental health case increased by 63%.  The report also looks at trends for individual county jails.  

Policy Brief: Improving Effectiveness of SSI/SSDI Advocacy Programs for Jail-Incarcerated Populations

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, August 14, 2019

Policy Brief: Shifting the Paradigm for Mental Health Diversion: The Impact and Opportunity of AB 1810 and SB 215

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, May 13, 2019

The enactment of AB 1810 and SB 2151 (2018) creates the opportunity for a fundamental paradigm shift that could dramatically improve care and reduce homelessness for Californians who have a mental illness and are arrested and prosecuted in the criminal justice system. These new laws establish a process for diversion by placing them into mental …

White Paper Submitted to the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. Supporting the Prison and Jail Reentry Population – A Strategy for Reducing Unsheltered Homelessness in California

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, April 1, 2019

Policy Brief: Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (COD) Treatment Coordination Models

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, March 12, 2019

This policy brief focuses on the coordination of treatment of co-occurring mental health and
substance use disorders (CODs) for individuals returning to the community following
incarceration. The gold standard for integrated services is when clients experience treatment
as seamless, with a consistent clinical approach, philosophy, and set of interventions and
recommendations from a joint clinical team. When this happens, the need to negotiate with
separate clinical teams, programs, or systems disappears.

Policy Brief: Toward a Meaningful Dashboard for Behavioral Health Services – Key metrics, trends, and charts for California’s 10 largest counties. March 2019

March 4, 2019

In setting expenditure priorities for behavioral health services, county decision makers should consider establishing policy goals that are based on measurable indices. This policy brief provides an example of a data dashboard that may help inform the decision-making process by comparing objective measures and trends among similar counties. The metrics included in the dashboard are …