Prevention & Early Intervention

Focusing on the prevention of factors and conditions that put mental health at risk and creating communities where all people can be well and thrive

Well and Thriving

On behalf of the PEI Subcommittee, the Commission is pleased to share a public draft of our prevention and early intervention report, Well and Thriving. This draft is the culmination of years of research, public engagement, and interviews with subject matter experts and consumers. We look forward to your comments.

Please click here to download a PDF of the public draft of Well and Thriving. Updated drafts of the report will be made available two weeks ahead of each meeting of the PEI Subcommittee.

You may make comments on the draft in three ways:

  1. Written (digital): Members of the public may email their comments to reportcomments@mhsoac.ca.gov. Comments received by September 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT were published as part of the materials for the September 7 PEI Subcommittee meeting; comments received by September 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT will be published as part of the materials for the October 6 PEI Subcommittee meeting.
  2. Written (physical): Members of the public may mail a hard copy of their comments to our physical address, 1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Comments received by September 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT were published as part of the materials for the September 7 PEI Subcommittee meeting; comments received by September 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT will be published as part of the materials for the October 6 PEI Subcommittee meeting.
  3. Verbal: Attend any or all meetings of the PEI Subcommittee either in person or virtually via Zoom. The first meeting took place September 7, 2022 at 9 a.m. in San Diego; please click here for more details on the September 7 meeting. The second will take place October 6, 2022 in Sacramento; please click here for more details on the October 6 meeting. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. You will also be able to make comments when the report is presented to the Commission for adoption.

Please note that all written comments from members of the public will be made public in advance of the PEI Subcommittee meetings. If you wish for your comment to be private, please specifically mention this in the first line of your email or letter. As meetings of the PEI Subcommittee are public, all verbal comments will be public.

 

Everyone should have the opportunity to be well and thrive, yet one in four people worldwide will experience a significant disruption to their mental wellbeing at some point in their lifetime. Though these disruptions often result from complex individual, relational, societal, and cultural factors, research shows that well-timed interventions can prevent or lessen serious mental health challenges.

“All Californians should have the opportunity to thrive. Many will experience challenges to their mental wellbeing at some point during their lifetime. Effective prevention and early intervention strategies that work as upstream as possible must be deployed and sustained in all of our communities to reduce the suffering and loss of life that can result when mental health needs go unaddressed.”
Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Commission Chair and Project Chair, MHSOAC

Goal/Opportunity

This project aims to identify opportunities for promoting early intervention as threats to mental health emerge to prevent them from becoming more severe.

This project aims to identify opportunities for reducing mental health risk and promoting early intervention to prevent the negative outcomes that may occur as a result of mental health challenges. The project will produce data monitoring and technical support strategies to further the vision of prevention and early intervention called for by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

Background

California voters passed the MHSA to transform the state’s mental health systems by providing additional resources for mental health care, prioritizing prevention and early intervention, and supporting innovative approaches to meeting needs.

In early 2019, the Commission launched a policy research project to explore opportunities for prevention and early intervention in mental health. Guided by a directive from the Governor and Legislature (Chapter 843, Statutes of 2018), the Commission also sought to explore opportunities to promote the Prevention and Early Intervention component of the MHSA through evaluation and technical support.

Next Steps

  1. Complete project activities

    Research and community engagement activities are underway to support the development of the Commission’s final project report and its conclusions.

  2. Complete final project report

    A draft of the final project report will be made available for public input prior to approval by the Subcommittee and adoption by Commission.

  3. Advance the adopted report’s directives

    Commission staff will work with other partners to implement the directives outlined in the Commission’s adopted report.

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