Policy Brief: CalAIM: Implications for the Dual Eligible Population

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

April 28, 2021

Provides overview of the CalAIM, the ambitious new multi-year proposal by the Newsom Administration to redesign the state’s Medi-Cal Program, and how it affects beneficiaries who dually eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Policy Brief: Trends in California Overdose Deaths

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

March 2, 2021

Drug-related overdose fatalities have risen 50% since 2017. Overdose fatalities are rising faster in California than in the United States where overdose deaths are up 15% over the last three years.

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

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

February 11, 2021

Provides an overview of the California Department of Health Services updated proposal to re-envision the state’s Medi-Cal program, and how it specifically address the reentry/justice-involved population.  CalAIM offers a unique opportunity to improve the quality of medical and behavioral health care for this healthy vulnerable and underserved population.

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: 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