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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

New Crisis Stabilization Unit will Open in Oceanside: A Better Way for Behavioral Health

11/08/21

Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) being built throughout San Diego County are a better way to provide behavioral health access. Starting later this year, the County of San Diego will open a new CSU in Oceanside.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER FEATURED SPEAKER FOR WHITE HOUSE PANEL ON HOUSING, LAND USE

11/01/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, participated Friday morning in a panel hosted by the White House about “Reducing Land Use and Zoning Restrictions.” Chair Fletcher’s portion of the virtual panel focused on local initiatives to increase the supply of housing and loosen restrictions, and make it more affordable for working families to find affordable housing options.

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San Diego County Details Mental Health Spending

10/06/21

The county’s efforts to overhaul its behavioral health systems includes $218.6 million in state mental health funding that covered services for 71,000 people this fiscal year, county officials reported Tuesday.

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SD COUNTY BEGINS MULTI-YEAR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH IN JAILS

09/09/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher’s pursuit of developing a better way to provide behavioral and physical health services in the County of San Diego’s seven detention facilities is getting underway now that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Behavioral Health Services division has been completed.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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San Diego City, County Team Up On Latest Homeless Initiative

06/24/21

A joint effort by the city and county of San Diego to address homelessness in the area is set to begin next week.

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Shelters to expand, safe havens to open under new homeless strategy

06/21/21

Shelter beds will increase, safe havens for people with drug and mental health issues will be created and an intense outreach effort will be launched to address the growing number of homeless encampments on downtown San Diego streets, city and council officials announced Friday.

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Chair Fletcher, Mayor Gloria Detail Strategies to Address Pervasive Challenges Contributing to Chronic Homelessness

06/18/21

Recognizing the growing encampments of homeless people on the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego and the difficulty of placing unsheltered people suffering from addiction into existing programs, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today detailed a new strategy to address the immediate and long-term challenges facing these vulnerable individuals.

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San Diego County announces first $5 million of $25 million in grants for mental health

05/24/21

Kicking off plans to invest $25 million in mental health care infrastructure in the coming years, San Diego County will announce a $5 million grant to community organizations on Monday.

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$5 Million from Behavioral Health Impact Fund to be Spent on 21 Transitional Housing Units, Crisis Treatment Vehicles, & Technology for Mental Health & Addiction Services

05/24/21

Twenty-one transitional housing units, 4 vehicles for crisis care teams and new technology for mental health and addiction services will be funded using $5 million of the $25 million County-City Behavioral Health Impact Fund.

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San Diego County To Make Overdose Reversing Drug Available In Community

05/21/21

San Diego County leaders Friday announced plans to increase community distribution of naloxone — an overdose reversal medication — at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the region following a spike in overdose deaths.

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Overdose Reversal Meds Soon to be Available at County Clinics for Anyone

05/21/21

The County of San Diego will soon make naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, widely available at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the county.

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Reaction to Ending Volunteers of America Southwest Contracts with County

05/04/21

There is a special place in hell for those who betray the public trust of the public by committing fraud with funds designated to help our veterans and the least among us. I applaud the whistleblowers who courageously spoke out and the county auditors whose relentless work has exposed the full scope of this fraud. We will continue our work to recover all mis-used funds and hope those responsible face the full weight of the law for their actions.

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Five Policies Chair Fletcher Introduced Were Passed at Tuesday’s Board Meeting

04/06/21

Five policies Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced or co-docketed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting were supported during a marathon meeting that was still going after 10 p.m. The policies passed will address homelessness, the environment, behavioral health and support the event industry and denounce hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego to host virtual behavioral health event

04/03/21

To promote mental health awareness, the Behavioral Health Committee of Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is hosting a virtual event on Thursday, April 29, from 12 -1 p.m., keynoted by fashion icon, author and mental health advocate Tim Gunn.

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Chair Fletcher Secures Board Support to Overturn Outdated County Policy on Needle Exchange Programs

01/26/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today received support from a majority of the Board, to create comprehensive substance use harm reduction and syringe services programs for San Diego County. The Board voted 3-2 in favor of the policy.

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Social Justice Leaders, Farmers & Retailers are High on New Equitable Cannabis Policies for San Diego County

01/25/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher & Vice Chair Nora Vargas’ economic access and social equity cannabis policies will expand farming, manufacturing and retail opportunities; and create good paying jobs in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

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Supervisors to consider needle exchange program, cannabis businesses

01/25/21

Excerpts from the entire article published by the San Diego Union Tribune: The San Diego County supervisors this week will consider allowing cannabis growers and sellers to operate in unincorporated areas and will vote on whether to support a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users.

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Commentary: San Diego County’s mobile crisis response teams will fill a gap in mental health services

12/02/20

It’s become nearly cliché to describe the United States as polarized, and recent public debate about the roles of law enforcement agencies and mental health care is an unfortunate example.

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Commentary: Here’s how we can improve encounters between police and civilians in San Diego

12/02/20

It’s time we change the way we look at mental health care in the United States and establish justice for our fellow community members.

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Commentary: Instead of focusing on police reform, invest in community organizations, create better alternatives

12/02/20

For many years, people have been focused on police reform as a way of trying to reduce the harm that police officers cause BIPOC rather than trying to eradicate it completely. The best way we can eradicate it is to invest in grassroots community organizing that is creating these alternatives to police.

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Supervisor Fletcher, Mayor Faulconer urge County Board to Allocate $5.4 million for Behavioral Health and Care Coordination Services at Converted Hotel Housing Projects

08/24/20

Working to end the cycle of homelessness for San Diegans during the COVID-19 pandemic, today County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, along with Chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), Councilmember Chris Ward, and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff Jeff Davis unveiled a strategy to provide intensive behavioral health and care coordination services on-site to support up to 400 new units at upcoming rapidly-converted hotel housing projects.

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