The silent epidemic: drug overdose deaths surge in California pre-pandemic

Research provided by California Health Policy Strategies (CHPS) shows that the rate of increases of overdose deaths in California far surpasses the national rate of increase as of May 2020. Experts say this trend has increased as the pandemic has continued.

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

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

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

News: Capitol Weekly – “Mental Illness Cases up in California jails” by Jessica Hice

Mental illness cases in California jails have significantly increased since 2009, health policy experts  reported Thursday. California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting group, gathered administrative data from the Board of State and Community Corrections and discovered a 42 % increase in mental health cases reported and an 80 % increase in inmate medication prescriptions …

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.

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

Capitol Weekly Op Ed – “Stranger Things: the ACA and a federal appeals court” by David Panush

Anyone binge watching “Stranger Things,” will be struck by the similarities with the real-world drama playing out before the federal appeals court in New Orleans. The question before the three-judge panel is whether the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in its entirety.

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

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