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Building a Better Way for Behavioral Health Services

The Behavioral Health System in San Diego is broken. The services available are fragmented and not easily accessible. People with Behavioral Health struggles are ending up on the streets. We are seeing this in communities across our region every day. People are not getting the help they need. San Diego’s Behavioral Health System must be rebuilt. We’re Building a Better Way to provide Behavioral Health Services.

Our vision is to improve the well-being of people coping with behavioral health issues using patient-centered care services.

Patient-centered care directs more attention to the long-term needs of patients, enhances community level services, and creates less reliance on the reactive, crisis-focused care services. Patient-centered care is a better way to provide behavioral health treatment.

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News: Behavioral Health: Building a Better Way

Supervisors Fletcher, Anderson Propose $100M Opioid Settlement Framework

10/27/22

San Diego County supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Joel Anderson Wednesday revealed an Opioid Settlement Framework they are asking the Board of Supervisors to approve next week.

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Confronting surge in overdose deaths, supervisors make plans for opioid settlement money

10/26/22

San Diego County officials are making plans to tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, using $100 million the county expects to receive from settlements with drug manufacturers.

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FLETCHER, ANDERSON $100 MILLION PLAN TO TACKLE OPIOID CRISIS IN COUNTY GETS APPROVAL

10/25/22

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Joel Anderson’s plan to use an expected $100 million in settlement money from lawsuits with drug makers to address the opioid crisis in the region. After today’s vote, Supervisors Fletcher and Anderson issued the following statements:

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'There is No Time to Wait’: Supervisors OK $100M Plan to Tackle Opioid Crisis

10/25/22

San Diego County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a framework in anticipation of an expected $100 million in settlement money from pharmaceutical companies to address the region’s opioid crisis.

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County Supervisors Approve Waterfront Park Memorial to Fallen Firefighters

10/25/22

A motion to build a memorial at Waterfront Park to firefighters who died in the line of duty was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION, OPIOID SETTLEMENT FRAMEWORK

10/24/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on installing a homelessness prevention plan, a firefighter memorial at Waterfront Park and a plan to spend money from a lawsuit settlement with opioid manufacturers.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISOR ANDERSON INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND FUNDING FRAMEWORK TO TACKLE THE OPIOID CRISIS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

10/19/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today announced details of the Opioid Settlement Framework they are asking the Board of Supervisors to approve on Tuesday, October 25. During a press conference this morning, some of the strategies they introduced included expanding access to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), putting “Wellness Advocates” in hospitals, providing wrap-around services and housing, drug disposal strategies and public information campaigns.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISORS VOTE TO ADVANCE PIVOTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

10/11/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave its Department of Behavioral Health the authority to proceed with a series of actions to continue the progress of building a better way to deliver behavioral health services.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGREE TO HELP EXPAND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE; ADVANCE RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT SAN DIEGO WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP

10/11/22

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a policy introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to have the County explore and develop plans for how it can implement the recommendations detailed in the behavioral health workforce report Chair Fletcher commissioned the San Diego Workforce Partnership to develop.

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COUNTY SETS UP NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IMPACT FUND TO EXPAND SCOPE & LOCATIONS WHERE PROJECTS CAN BE FUNDED

10/11/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a policy introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher, to establish a new Behavioral Health Impact Fund that will expeditiously award grants for services and infrastructure to expand behavioral health options in the region. Today’s action set-up the fund, but no money was allotted to it.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE POLICY & RECEIVE UPDATE ON MEASURES TO PREVENT JAIL DEATHS

10/10/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on whether or not to support the Behavioral Health workforce report and help advance its recommendations; receive an update on emergency measures from August to prevent jail deaths, host a Conference on Childcare and vote on establishing a new Behavioral Health Impact Fund.

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COUNTY SEEKS TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON PSYCHIATRIC BEDS AS PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTION

09/27/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a series of updates and actions highlighted by the County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services to create a better way to deliver mental health and addiction treatment.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY DECLARE HOMELESSNESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

09/27/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors formally declared homelessness a public health crisis in San Diego County. The policy was brought forth by Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher and was approved unanimously today.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER: COUNTY WILL ADD ADDICTION TREATMENT CAPACITY WITH ACQUISITION OF VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA PROPERTY

09/13/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved taking over a 1.76 acre site with 40,000 square-feet of building space on it that was owned by Volunteers of America Southwest California, Inc. (VOA), and turn it into a new alcohol and drug treatment facility.

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San Diego’s new homeless shelter first to offer mental health, addiction services on site

09/12/22

The beds are made, the showers and restrooms are in place, and mental health and addiction specialists are ready to work with clients at the new homeless shelter in San Diego’s Midway District.

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NEW ROSECRANS SHELTER FOR SAN DIEGANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SCHEDULED TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12

09/09/22

Up to 150 San Diegans living on streets and sidewalks will have another option with the Rosecrans Shelter, which is anticipated to open Monday, September 12.

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On Politically Speaking This Week: CA GOP Trailblazers, CV Mayoral Race, Sports Betting in California

09/02/22

In this week's Politically Speaking, NBC 7’s Priya Sridhar talks about the CA GOP Trailblazers Program, takes a closer look at the Chula Vista mayoral race and the Bayfront development, talks to Supervisor Nathan Fletcher about the shortage of mental health workers and breaks down Prop. 26 & 27.

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NATHAN FLETCHER WEIGHS-IN ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM'S CARE COURT PASSING THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

08/31/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, issued the following statement in response to the California State Assembly approving Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal:

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CHAIR FLETCHER SAYS ALVARADO HOSPITAL DEAL ALLOWS COUNTY TO MOVE FASTER, SPEND LESS

08/30/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a new plan to develop a Central Region Behavioral Health Hub at Alvarado Hospital. It will create 44 new acute inpatient beds along with a built-in Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), Emergency Psychiatric Unit (EPU), and additional services to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of San Diegans.

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Governor Signs Mobile Pharmacy Van Bill

08/30/22

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to authorize the creation of mobile pharmacy vans to bring medication and counseling to California’s hard-to-reach communities, improving health for homeless people and many others who have inadequate access to care.

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HOMELESSNESS, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & THE REGIONAL DECARBONIZATION PLAN UP FOR A VOTE AUGUST 30 & 31 AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

08/29/22

A new agreement with Alvarado Hospital for more behavioral health acute care treatment beds; an update from the San Diego County Office of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities; and a series of proposals for the County’s Regional Decarbonization Plan are on the Board of Supervisors agenda Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31.

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County seeks quicker path by shifting mental health hub plans to Alvarado

08/29/22

Call it a pivot of a pivot. Like a running back bouncing into an unexpectedly open lane on the football field, the county is poised for an opportunistic shift in its strategy regarding mental health resources serving metropolitan San Diego.

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CARE Court plan gets backing from San Diego cities, county

08/24/22

California has a fragmented, inadequate mental health care response system, for which no single government entity is in charge of guaranteeing that people grappling with severe mental illness get care. Our society’s efforts to deal with this human tragedy have been a failure. We need a new approach.

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New report shows shortage in behavioral health workers

08/23/22

San Diego County is experiencing a shortage of behavioral health workers. A new report shows the need will continue to grow significantly over the next few years.

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Meeting demand: How San Diego County plans to hire more behavioral health workers

08/18/22

The County of San Diego released a report Monday showing the area needs thousands of behavioral health workers in order to meet demand.

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