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Together Against Stigma International Conference

The international mental health community gathered in San Francisco on February 18th – 20th, 2015, marking the first time the “Together Against Stigma” Conference was held in the United States since its inception in 2007. The 7th International Conference served as a platform for innovation and community dialogue amongst attendees, allowing mental health advocates from the United States and around the world to come together to tackle challenges, share promising practices and spotlight successes in advancing mental health around the globe. The conference was jointly hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority
(CalMHSA), the World Psychiatric Association, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association.

Read the Conference Press Release HERE.

View the Conference Handouts HERE.

View Conference videos HERE.

FREE Online Course on Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals

This free, online, interactive course for health care professionals provides a conceptual framework for military culture and its impact on psychological health and treatment. It also covers the most common stressors in military culture and their impact on service members and Veterans. The course includes a self-assessment tool for military culture competence, and a checklist that incorporates the cultural vital signs introduced in the course. Participants receive a total of eight continuing education credits.

View the course HERE.

Free Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) App

The SBIRT App for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for substance use provides users with detailed steps to complete an SBIRT intervention with patients or clients. The app is designed for use by physicians, other health workers, and mental health professionals and can be used with patients and clients 12 years and older.

Get the free app HERE.

SBIRT Issue Brief

Together Against Stigma International Conference

The international mental health community will gather in San Francisco from February 18th – 20th, 2015, marking the first time the “Together Against Stigma” Conference will be held in the United States since its inception in 2007. The 7th International Conference will serve as a platform for innovation and community dialogue amongst attendees, allowing mental health advocates from the United States and around the world to come together to tackle challenges, share promising practices and spotlight successes in advancing mental health around the globe. The conference will be jointly hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority
(CalMHSA), the World Psychiatric Association, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association this year.

Visit the Conference website at http://www.togetheragainststigma.org/

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” »

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.

Proposed New MHSA Innovation Regs

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking for Innovative Projects of the Mental Health Services Act.

This rulemaking is in the 45-day public comment period. Inquiries and comments regarding the substance of these regulations may be directed to Lauren Quintero at (916) 445-8696 or lauren.quintero@mhsoac.ca.gov.

A copy of the notice, proposed regulation text, and the initial statement of reasons is here.

 

 

Directing Change Winners!

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

All submissions were judged by volunteer experts in mental health and suicide prevention, members of the media and professionals in filmmaking and video production. All videos were judged based on how they creatively explored the topics while adhering to guidelines on safely and appropriately communicating about suicide prevention and mental illness.

Winner were announced on May 13, 2014 as part of Mental Health Matters Day. To view contest winners including links to their videos on YouTube, visit http://www.directingchange.org/contest-winners-finalists/

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Continue reading “Directing Change Winners!” »