A Road Map for CIN in 2020-21

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a learning and action network that aims to advance the Quadruple Aim by identifying and spreading better ideas for care delivery. The network is fueled by the energy and innovations of its partner and member organizations. CIN is a project of the California Health Care Foundation and managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF.

Mission Integration: Behavioral Health Strategies to Achieve Whole Health (webinar)

L.A. Care Health Plan and Healthforce Center at UCSF are partnering together to host a four-part seminar series focused on providing topical content to clinic leaders in the Los Angeles county safety net. This seminar series is tailored for alumni from leadership programs including L.A. Care’s Physician Leadership Program and Healthforce Center-led Clinic Leadership Institute and Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading Program.

State Lawmakers Eye Federal Dollars To Boost Mental Health Counseling By Peers

Peer providers use their own life experiences with addiction or mental illness to help others and could play a key role in helping California meet its behavioral health care needs. Now, a California bill, informed by Healthforce research, would create a statewide peer support specialist certification program as part of California's Medi-Cal program.

Source: California Healthline

Three Health Care Professions to Pay Attention to this Minority Mental Health Month

One in five adults experience mental illness in a given year, and mental health conditions are exacerbated among minority groups. For example, the rate of depression among black youth is 30% higher than the average for their age group. Multiracial US adults are more likely to experience mental illness than adults who identify as any single race. Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Many Nurse Practitioners Cannot Provide Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction

At least six states with high opioid abuse rates also have strong work restrictions that hinder nurse practitioners (NPs) in prescribing medication that can help treat the problem, according to a study by researchers at Healthforce Center and UCSF. 

Strengthening America's Mental Health Workforce: Sunita Mutha's Keynote Address at Kaiser Permanente Forum

On September 27, the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy hosted a forum, Strengthening America’s Mental Health Workforce, at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C. The event brought together leaders from across sectors to discuss challenges facing the mental health workforce and elevate effective solutions.

How One Man’s Road to Recovery Has Helped Others with Mental Illness

By Lisel Blash, MPA

After losing his job in the corporate sector, Josh was homeless and in and out of jail for several years. “Until I had my diagnosis; I thought everyone heard voices,” he said. The realization that he had a mental illness made Josh take action. After seeking treatment, he volunteered for homeless shelters and soup kitchens because he “wanted to give back.”