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1 California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council Our History and Accomplishments

2 In The Beginning Gender Issues and Mental Health? Gender Issues and Mental Health? SAMHSA Conference September 1997 SAMHSA Conference September 1997 California Wakes Up California Wakes Up California Contingent Talks California Contingent Talks

3 Wheels Start Turning San Mateo County to Host Conference San Mateo County to Host Conference Gender Matters December 1998 Gender Matters December 1998 December st meeting of WMHPC December st meeting of WMHPC San Mateo County and CIMH support San Mateo County and CIMH support

4 Funding DMH funding for statewide adolescent conference and then next year for conferences on trauma DMH funding for statewide adolescent conference and then next year for conferences on trauma 3 yr. core support grant from The California Wellness Foundation - $200,000 3 yr. core support grant from The California Wellness Foundation - $200,000

5 Mission The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council’s (WMHPC) mission is to ensure effective, gender-specific culturally appropriate mental health services for women and girls. The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council’s (WMHPC) mission is to ensure effective, gender-specific culturally appropriate mental health services for women and girls.

6 Goals An integrated system of care responsive to the full diversity of women throughout their life-span. An integrated system of care responsive to the full diversity of women throughout their life-span. Mental health services for women and girls based on the principles of relational psychology and which acknowledge the important roles family and community play in women’s lives. Mental health services for women and girls based on the principles of relational psychology and which acknowledge the important roles family and community play in women’s lives. Mental health services which support the multiple societal roles of women. Mental health services which support the multiple societal roles of women. A mental health system without financial and other institutional barriers to services for women. A mental health system without financial and other institutional barriers to services for women.

7 Goals An integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to providing services to women with complex social, mental, and physical health problems. An integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to providing services to women with complex social, mental, and physical health problems. Effective advocacy and consumer self-determination to promote systems change. Effective advocacy and consumer self-determination to promote systems change. Gender-specific education, training, and research to improve mental health services for women and girls. Gender-specific education, training, and research to improve mental health services for women and girls. To be aware and educate our membership and others about broad issues impacting women’s mental health. To be aware and educate our membership and others about broad issues impacting women’s mental health.

8 WMHPC Domains Training Training Research Research Advocacy Advocacy

9 Training 2 Film events 2 Film events “Women and Mental Illness”, Dan Weisburd “Women and Mental Illness”, Dan Weisburd “Coming of Age…at high risk”, Dan Weisburd “Coming of Age…at high risk”, Dan Weisburd Statewide conference on adolescent girls Statewide conference on adolescent girls “Challenging the Mental Health System: Adolescent Girls’ Resilience and Risk” “Challenging the Mental Health System: Adolescent Girls’ Resilience and Risk” 4 Regional trainings on trauma and women 4 Regional trainings on trauma and women “Building Gender Sensitive Services: Women and Trauma” “Building Gender Sensitive Services: Women and Trauma” Any Door is the Right Door Regional Trainings Any Door is the Right Door Regional Trainings Fall 2005 – Spring 2006 Fall 2005 – Spring 2006

10 Research “Gender Matters in Mental Health: An Initial Look at Gender-based Data” February 2004 “Gender Matters in Mental Health: An Initial Look at Gender-based Data” February 2004 “A Roadmap To Mental Health Services for Transition Age Young Women: A Research Review” (in press, 4/05) “A Roadmap To Mental Health Services for Transition Age Young Women: A Research Review” (in press, 4/05)

11 Advocacy AB 2034 AB 2034 Correspondence Correspondence Position papers Position papers Medi-cal, Calworks, Family centered care, Integrated services, Housing, Realignment Medi-cal, Calworks, Family centered care, Integrated services, Housing, Realignment President’s Freedom Commission President’s Freedom Commission Legislative briefing, January 2004 Legislative briefing, January 2004 Parenting Question in CSI Parenting Question in CSI

12 Advocacy MHSA MHSA Comments on draft Vision Statement Comments on draft Vision Statement Comments on draft Community Services and Support Plan Requirements Comments on draft Community Services and Support Plan Requirements

13 Curriculum Development “Any Door is The Right Door: Coordinating Services for Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services” “Any Door is The Right Door: Coordinating Services for Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services” Basic Mental Health 101 Home Study Course Basic Mental Health 101 Home Study Course Basic Alcohol and Other Drug 101 Home Study Course Basic Alcohol and Other Drug 101 Home Study Course

14 Current Projects Building Service Capacity: DV, MH, AOD Building Service Capacity: DV, MH, AOD “A Roadmap to Mental Health Services for Transition Age Young Women: A Research Review” (in press, publication date April 2005) “A Roadmap to Mental Health Services for Transition Age Young Women: A Research Review” (in press, publication date April 2005) Building Collaborations for Women’s Mental Health Advocacy: Building Collaborations for Women’s Mental Health Advocacy: Developing Local Mental Health Champions Developing Local Mental Health Champions Women’s Mental Health Bulletins Women’s Mental Health Bulletins

15 Building Service Capacity: DV/MH/AOD CalWorks research - collaborative formed CalWorks research - collaborative formed California Department of Mental Health California Department of Mental Health CIMH CIMH WMHPC WMHPC Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women California Alliance Against Domestic Violence California Alliance Against Domestic Violence PROTOTYPES PROTOTYPES San Mateo County San Mateo County Peace and Joy Caring Center Peace and Joy Caring Center San Joaquin County Mental Health Services San Joaquin County Mental Health Services San Mateo County Alcohol and Drug Programs San Mateo County Alcohol and Drug Programs California Department of Health Services Injury Prevention and Control California Department of Health Services Injury Prevention and Control California Department of Health Services, Battered Women’s Services California Department of Health Services, Battered Women’s Services Human Response Network Human Response Network

16 DMH Jump Starts Project DMH funding to develop training curricula and policy/administrative checklist. Materials to be used to cross train mental health, substance abuse providers, and domestic violence providers on the nexus between clients with co- occurring disorders and domestic violence. DMH funding to develop training curricula and policy/administrative checklist. Materials to be used to cross train mental health, substance abuse providers, and domestic violence providers on the nexus between clients with co- occurring disorders and domestic violence.

17 Cross-Training Materials Any Door is the Right Door Curriculum Any Door is the Right Door Curriculum Policy Checklist (not completed) Policy Checklist (not completed) Home Study Courses Mental Health 101 Mental Health 101 Alcohol and Other Drugs 101 Alcohol and Other Drugs 101 Domestic Violence 101 (not completed) Domestic Violence 101 (not completed)

18 Data Report Key finding: Females under age 40 are less likely than males to receive mental health services. This finding is consistent for public mental health systems across the board, in Medi-Cal, the Client and Services Information System (CSI), the Interagency-Enrollee Based Children’s System of Care, and the Chapter 26.5 Special Education mandate. Key finding: Females under age 40 are less likely than males to receive mental health services. This finding is consistent for public mental health systems across the board, in Medi-Cal, the Client and Services Information System (CSI), the Interagency-Enrollee Based Children’s System of Care, and the Chapter 26.5 Special Education mandate.

19 Data Report Recommendations DMH, initiate a program with counties and advocacy groups to increase awareness of the nature and prevalence of girls’ and women’s mental health issues and examine ways to increase identification, referrals, and services for females. DMH, initiate a program with counties and advocacy groups to increase awareness of the nature and prevalence of girls’ and women’s mental health issues and examine ways to increase identification, referrals, and services for females. The DMH Quality Improvement Council undertake a study to examine the access discrepancies between females and males. The DMH Quality Improvement Council undertake a study to examine the access discrepancies between females and males. DMH use gender as a routine variable in all data that the Department publishes. DMH use gender as a routine variable in all data that the Department publishes. DMH have gender as a routine variable in the data obtained through the current data matching project with CDSS. DMH have gender as a routine variable in the data obtained through the current data matching project with CDSS.

20 Data Report Recommendations DMH pursue or create opportunities for other integrated data projects similar to the CDSS project. DMH pursue or create opportunities for other integrated data projects similar to the CDSS project. At the next revision of CSI or as soon as it is practical, DMH add a data element to determine how many clients are raising children or caring for partners or parents. At the next revision of CSI or as soon as it is practical, DMH add a data element to determine how many clients are raising children or caring for partners or parents. DMH actively participate in population-based women’s health studies such as the California Health Information Survey and the Women’s Health Survey. DMH actively participate in population-based women’s health studies such as the California Health Information Survey and the Women’s Health Survey. The WMHPC pursue funding to analyze service and outcome data by gender and race/ethnicity. The WMHPC pursue funding to analyze service and outcome data by gender and race/ethnicity.

21 Data Report Recommendations The WMHPC pursue investigation of what other studies have been done regarding the state of mental health issues for California Latinas. The WMHPC pursue investigation of what other studies have been done regarding the state of mental health issues for California Latinas. WMHPC pursue collaborative relationship with Latino/a health organizations to embark on a study of mental health issues for Latinas in California.. WMHPC pursue collaborative relationship with Latino/a health organizations to embark on a study of mental health issues for Latinas in California.. The WMHPC work collaboratively to prioritize and implement the recommendations in the ethnic specific studies cited in this report. The WMHPC work collaboratively to prioritize and implement the recommendations in the ethnic specific studies cited in this report.

22 Transition Age Youth Report To identify mental health practices supported by scientific evidence which specifically target young women. To identify mental health practices supported by scientific evidence which specifically target young women. Provide analysis of which interventions most likely to enhance young women’s successful transition to adulthood. Provide analysis of which interventions most likely to enhance young women’s successful transition to adulthood. To improve outcomes for transition age young women in the mental health system. To improve outcomes for transition age young women in the mental health system.

23 Policy/Advocacy Legislative briefings Legislative briefings Bill tracking and budget analysis, correspondence Bill tracking and budget analysis, correspondence Advocacy group in Sacramento, put a real face on advocacy Advocacy group in Sacramento, put a real face on advocacy Use existing offices including federal level Use existing offices including federal level Developing Local Women’s Mental Health Champions Developing Local Women’s Mental Health Champions


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