Category Archives: Government Resources

SAMHSA Seeks Comment on FY 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

Entitled “Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation”, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) FY 2015-2018 Strategic Plan was open for comment until August 18, 2014.

The six strategic initiatives are:

  • Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
  • Health Care and Health Systems Integration
  • Trauma and Justice
  • Recovery Support
  • Health Information Technology
  • Workforce Development

To view the SAMHSA FY 2015-18 Strategic Plan, visit

To view the American Psychiatric Association Comments (“APA Urges Greater Recognition of Serious Mental Illness in SAMHSA Plan”), go to Continue reading “SAMHSA Seeks Comment on FY 2015-2018 Strategic Plan” »

MHSOAC Proposed Updated MHSA PEI Regulations

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) has released proposed updated Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Regulations.  There was a 45-day comment period ending on July 24, 2014.

To view the MHSOAC website with the proposed regulations, click here.

To view the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California Letter to the MHSOAC on the regulations, click here.

The CRDP API Population Report: In Our Own Words

The CRDP API Population Report: In Our Own Words has been released and is available online. The report documents the disparities experienced in the community and offers recommendations.

CRDP is funded from the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) portion of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). It was administered by the Office of Multicultural Services (OMS) of the California Department of Mental Health since 2010 and will be administered by Office of Health Equality (OHE) of the California Department of Public Health (DPH).

To view the report, go to

Prevention Matters Infographic

The Prevention Matters infographic on the website of the Surgeon General highlights opportunities and progress in prevention, as well as federal actions aligned with the strategic directions and priorities of the National Prevention Strategy. Scroll over the interactive infographic to learn more about cross-sector efforts to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

View the infographic at

2014 National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan Available

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2014 Update, reflecting the nation’s progress toward accomplishing goals set in 2012 and current action steps to achieving them. The 2014 Plan was developed with input from experts in aging and Alzheimer’s disease from Federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as caregivers and people with the disease. The 2014 Plan includes the following five goals: finding ways to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025; enhancing care for Alzheimer’s patients; expanding support for people with dementia and their families; improving public awareness; and carefully tracking data to support these efforts.

To read the US Department of Health and Human Services Press Release, go to

2014 California Wellness Plan

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released the California Wellness Plan 2014. The Plan is the result of a statewide process led by CDPH to develop a roadmap with partners in order to create communities in which people can be healthy, improve the quality of clinical and community care, increase access to usable health information, assure continued public health capacity to achieve health equity, and empower communities to create healthier environments.

The overarching goal of the plan is equity in health and wellbeing with an emphasis on elimination of preventable chronic disease.  One of four strategies is prevention sustainability and capacity.

Here are some of their objectives outlined in the plan related to prevention and early intervention:

  • By 2018, decrease the percentage of adults ages 18 years and older who reported that they engaged in binge drinking during the past 30 days
  • By 2018, increase the percentage of adults screened for alcohol misuse and provide brief counseling
  • By 2018, increase policies and protocols used to screen for mental illness
  • By 2022, decrease the percentage of adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18+) who experience a major depressive episode from 8 to 7 percent and 6 to 5 percent, respectively

You can view the document at

You can also view the California Department of Public Health’s 2014 California Wellness Plan page at

PEI Report to the MHSOAC

UCLA collected information about PEI expenditures, programs/activities and participant demographics for FY 2011-12 from counties through a process developed in collaboration with an Evaluation Advisory Group comprised of county department of mental health representatives. This report documents PEI expenditures, programs/activities and the demographics of people that participated during FY 2011-12

Executive Summary

Prevention and Early Intervention: California’s Investment to Prevent Mental Illness from becoming Severe and Disabling

MHSOAC Evaluation Interpretation Paper: Use of PEI Funds for Prevention and Early Intervention Efforts 

California State Auditor MHSA Report 2012

This report concludes the Mental Health and the Accountability Commission have provided little oversight of counties’ implementation of MHSA programs, particularly as it relates to evaluating whether these programs are effective. However, looking to the future, the opportunity exists for the state entities responsible for oversight to better demonstrate the effectiveness of the MHSA.