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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

Opinion: San Diego County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams are a success. Here’s how they work.

08/05/22

In recent years, the County of San Diego, with support from its Board of Supervisors and Chair Nathan Fletcher, has made significant investments to reimagine how mental health and substance use care is delivered to improve the lives of residents and families.

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FENTANYL HEALTH CRISIS ACTION REINFORCES FLETCHER’S EFFORTS TO SUPPORT HARM REDUCTION

06/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today declared Illicit fentanyl a public health crisis; it an effort that builds on the actions Chair Fletcher initiated to expand the County’s commitment to harm reduction best practices, and to proactively develop a comprehensive strategy to use $100 million expected from settling a lawsuit with opioid manufacturers.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, OTHER SUPES DOUBLE DOWN ON COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION TREATMENT SERVICES WITH RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS FOR SEVERAL PROGRAMS

06/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized the County’s Behavioral Health Services Department to renew a series of procurements for mental health and addiction treatment with several providers, including renewal of an agreement for care coordination services with Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ROB BONTA GETS UP-CLOSE LOOK AT MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS’ SUCCESS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY DURING VISIT WITH CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER

06/01/22

San Diego County Mobile Crisis Response Teams have responded to more than 1,500 calls; and California State Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday got an up-close view of this non-law enforcement response to mental health calls when he toured MCRT operations in Mission Valley with Chair Nathan Fletcher of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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San Diego County Planning How to Spend $100 Million Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

05/28/22

County elected leaders and behavioral and public health experts Friday set the dates for three future planning sessions to determine how to use expected opioid settlement funds from Purdue Pharma to address opioid use in the county.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISOR ANDERSON ANNOUNCE PLANNING SESSIONS FOR OPIOID SETTLEMENT MONEY

05/27/22

San Diego County is on track to receive upwards of $100 million as part of an opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma as early as this year; so today Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Joel Anderson and County behavioral and public health experts announced three planning sessions to determine how to best use those funds to address the opioid epidemic in San Diego County.

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Leaders pledge millions to fight opioid crisis

05/27/22

San Diego County leaders and health officials are planning to spend millions of dollars to address the local opioid crisis.

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Sen. Dodd: Mobile Pharmacy Van, Medical Equipment Bills Clear Senate

05/26/22

The California Senate has approved two bills from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, which would improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable including seniors, the disabled and homeless people by increasing access to medication, treatment and specialized equipment.

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Morning Report: Supes Vote to Back, Advocate On Newsom’s Reform Proposal

05/25/22

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to endorse Gov. Gavin Newsom’s framework for a new state system to connect vulnerable Californians with serious mental illnesses with court-ordered care.

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San Diego County supervisors back state plan for court-ordered psychiatric care

05/25/22

San Diego County on Tuesday backed a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom to develop court-ordered treatment plans for people with schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses.

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San Diego County supervisors consider $2.76 billion budget for health care, social services

05/23/22

San Diego County supervisors are considering a $2.76 billion spending plan for health, homelessness and social services that would add new behavioral health services, fund homeless shelters and develop affordable housing.

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All Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Refer Calls to County Mobile Crisis Response Teams

05/13/22

County behavioral health officials, law enforcement representatives and community partners today announced all of the region’s 911 dispatchers have signed on to a memorandum of understanding to refer certain mental health calls to the County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams.

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1,200+ PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HELPED BY MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS SO FAR

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region now will refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a County-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT).

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All County law enforcement now able to refer to Mobile Crisis Response Team

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region will now be able to refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a county-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team, it was announced Thursday.

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All County Law Enforcement Now Able to Refer to Mobile Crisis Response Teams

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region will now be able to refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a county-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT), it was announced Thursday.

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MOBILE PHARMACY VANS BILL MOVE TO NEXT STEPS IN PROCESS

04/04/22

Legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would 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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Fletcher Pledges Action on Big County Challenges

03/30/22

Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday urged San Diegans to come together to attack the region’s foremost challenges during the county’s big annual speech.

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SD Workforce Partnership Receives $400,000 Grant for Healthcare Pilot Programs

03/07/22

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded the San Diego Workforce Partnership a $400,000 grant to pilot programs that “provide underrepresented and low-income workers with support in launching meaningful careers in the healthcare industry,” it was announced Monday.

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Opinion: Mental illness gets focus it needs with proactive San Diego County program, state proposal

03/04/22

The problems and perils of expecting law enforcement officers to be society’s point persons for people with mental illness have long been obvious. The Treatment Advocacy Center’s research showed that those with untreated mental illness were 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER SUPPORTS THE GOVERNOR’S CARE COURT

03/03/22

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

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No guns, no badges, no sirens. County reimagines response to mental health calls

02/27/22

A man in the throes of a panic attack called 911 from his Chula Vista apartment on a recent morning. It’s the kind of call police officers would usually go to. Instead, the Chula Vista Police Department forwarded the call to Lauren Muecke, who works for the county’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams.

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San Diego County rolls out mental health crisis team

02/16/22

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience serious mental illness. It's not a new problem but San Diego County may have a new solution to help.

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County opens new Youth Transition Campus

01/28/22

A new Youth Transition Campus designed to be more homelike than a traditional detention facility is now open, the county announced Friday.

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Sen. Dodd Introduces Mobile Pharmacy Van Bill

01/24/22

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that would 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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CVPD partners with county mental health teams that responds to emergencies

12/29/21

The Chula Vista Police Department partnered with county behavioral health teams that may respond to non-violent mental health and substance use emergencies instead of law enforcement, when appropriate.

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