FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2017
FOUR CALIFORNIA COUNTIES’ INNOVATION PROJECTS GET GREENLIGHT
A big win for Innovation with Counties gaining access to well over $40 million for five separate projects.
Sacramento, CA– Los Angeles, Kern, Mendocino, and San Diego Counties received approval from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to move forward with Mental Health Services Act Innovation Projects. By securing access to funding earmarked for innovation, these new projects will be a tool used to strengthen community collaboration, increase access to underserved groups, extend funding for ongoing projects, and promote Innovation Projects across county lines for the first time in our state.
San Diego County current ongoing innovation projects, Urban Beats and Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy (CREST), obtained an extension of two years and a collective total of $5,172,606 in funding. A new project, Telemental Health, also received approval and obtained a total of $5,253,379 to be used over the span of five years. This program increases access to behavioral health services after a psychiatric emergency to those patients who did not follow up with services, by hiring additional staff and introducing technology to use to increase contact.