Category Archives: County PEI Programs

Stanislaus County Utilizing Promotoras to Improve Community Health

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in partnership with the Prevention and Early Intervention program funded by Proposition 63, the promotora network, comprised of 6 networks provide more than just cultural sensitivity services but aims to improve overall health of the community.

Read more here.

Placer County’s Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation PEI Grants

For the past three years, Placer County has allocated part of their MHSA monies to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation for Mental Health Innovations Grant Cycles. This year, the grants will be fund mental health prevention and early intervention services for children, youth, adults, and families in eastern Placer County who suffer or are at risk of suffering from mental illness.

Because both the application process and enhanced evaluation requirements will be rigorous, a mandatory technical assistance workshop is required of all applicants on January 21, 2015.

Final applications are due on February 27, 2015 by 5pm.

For more information, go HERE.

Read the Guidelines and Procedures HERE.

Additional information is available HERE.

San Diego County MHSA Transformation Report

The County of San Diego Health and Human Agency, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Division published a report entitled Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Bringing Light Transformation.

This report provides a snapshot of the vision, principles and goals of the MHSA programs. It also includes highlights of the first ten years of MHSA implementation in San Diego County, and accomplishments thus far. Through BHS partnerships and collaborations with community stakeholders, San Diego County is proud of what they have been able to achieve together.

You can view the report HERE.

Tulare and Kings County Suicide Prevention Task Force

Using MHSA PEI funds, Tulare and Kings County formed a suicide prevention task force to focus their efforts.  The collaboration between the two counties allows them to outreach to people without worrying about county boundary lines.

The task force sponsors an annual festival and high school video competition and they offer services to the large and hard-to-reach farm worker population in the counties.  Additionally, they offer training for anyone in the community that helps people recognize the signs of depression.

To read more about the task force, go to CSAC Blog. Continue reading “Tulare and Kings County Suicide Prevention Task Force” »

Suicide Prevention Campaign Launched in Los Angeles County in May and June

A suicide-prevention campaign called “Know the Signs” was launched throughout Los Angeles County earlier this month, helping to raise awareness about the work of organizations such as Action Family Counseling, a Santa Clarita-based drug and alcohol rehab center.

The campaign is a statewide effort by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to reach susceptible groups in the months of May and June, according to a LACDMH news release. Ads contain contact information for LACDMH’s 24/7 access line and the suicide prevention hotline.

To read more about the campaign, visit Continue reading “Suicide Prevention Campaign Launched in Los Angeles County in May and June” »

Sacramento County Organizing Mental Health Art Exhibits for Mental Health Month

The “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project is organizing mental health art exhibits around Sacramento County to honor May is Mental Health Month.

Sacramento County is looking for individuals that live with mental illness or who support others that may live with mental illness to submit artwork which would be featured at several locations in Sacramento.  All art displayed will help to dispel myths and stereotypes about mental illness and promote messages of wellness, hope and recovery. If you or someone close to you is living with mental illness, they hope that you’ll take this opportunity to express your experience visually through paintings, photography or drawings that could be put on display.

Art submission guidelines:

  • One piece per artist may be submitted
  • The piece must be wall mountable artwork that is ready to hang (attached cable or hook)
  • The piece must not exceed 24” x 36”
  • All entries must be prepared and submitted by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 along with a completed form – found here, and delivered to:
    • Raj Dhanda at Edelman – 921 11th Street, Suite 250 – Sacramento, CA 95814

If you have any questions, please send an email to


Butte County Seeks Community Input for Mental Health Services

Butte County Behavioral Health is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings, starting today in Paradise with additional meetings next week in Chico, Gridley and Oroville. An online survey is also available, as behavioral health officials look for citizens to tell them which programs work, which don’t, and offer innovative ideas for additional services.

Butte County anticipates receiving $8.3 million in funding through the MHSA next fiscal year. In addition to data on program outcomes and demographics, input from the meetings will be used to drive programming for the next three years.

Five percent of the allocation must be spent on innovative programs, which amounts to an anticipated $417,868 for 2014-15. Past allocations have supported the Torres Shelter and Working Innovations Network and short-term projects.

San Bernardino County Hosted a Community Night Focused on Bullying Discussion

In November 2013 in Lake Arrowhead, community members convened for community night where they learned the history of bullying and how it has evolved today into cyberbullying, one of the hottest issues on school campuses today. A panel of experts and community members looked closely at the problem and offered solutions, including how community members and parents can protect children from bullying by learning the signs and symptoms. Current bullying laws were discussed as well.