Innovation Approved Projects

    Approved Innovation Projects FY18-19
    County Name Innovation Project Name Commission Approval Date Approved Amount Project Description
    Del NorteText 2 Grow-Giving Resource Outreach & WellnessJuly-18$262,846 Del Norte County proposes to implement an expansion of a text-based parent support system for parents with children between the ages of 0-5 years of age. Text messages will focus on early literacy as well as social and emotional learning in an effort to prepare their children for kindergarten.
    VenturaSuicide Prevention Project: Bartenders as GatekeepersJuly-18$241,367 Ventura County proposes to implement the Push Technology Project to assist individuals discharged from county inpatient psychiatric hospitals and residential crisis stabilization units by utilizing mobile behavioral intervention technology.
    VenturaPush Technology ProjectJuly-18$438,933 Ventura County will implement the Push Technology Project to assist individuals discharged from county inpatient psychiatric hospitals and residential crisis stabilization units by utilizing mobile behavioral intervention technology.
    ImperialFirst Step to SuccessJuly-18$531,120 "Kindergarten school-aged children are provided with First Step to Success (FSS) interventions as an innovative approach to identify and provide early intervention services to children at risk of developing behavioral problems.First Step to Success program is an evidence-based early intervention program that provides positive reinforcement interventions to the child at school and at home. The primary focus is to improve the child's social adjustment and academic performance with the involvement of teachers, parents, and peers."
    San Luis ObispoAffirming Cultural Competence Education and Provider Training: Offering Innovative Solutions to Increased LGBTQ Mental Health Care Access (SLO ACCEPTance)August-18$554,729 The Project aims to provide highly‐trained, community‐based, and academically‐informed mental health services for LGBTQ individuals by implementing an LGBTQ mental health care training program for mental health professionals. The training will be tested with mental health providers in a three-phase training module over the course of 9-months.
    San Luis Obispo3-by-3 Developmental Screening Partnership Parents and Pediatric PracticesAugust-18$859,998 The 3‐by‐3 Project will test three methods for delivering comprehensive and recurring screening results for young children to pediatricians. Each of the three methods will include the administration of up to three developmentally‐appropriate screening encounters before participants reach the age of 3 years old. Screenings will take place at ages 9 months, 18 months, and 24‐30 months and will be offered in English or Spanish.
    San DiegoADAPT-Accessible Depression and Anxiety Postpartum TreatmentAugust-18$4,773,040 The ADAPT Project seeks to test if utilizing a partnership between mental health service providers and public health nurses to provide timely, whole-person mental health treatment to parents who screen positive for postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety will increase access to care and improve behavioral health outcomes.
    Santa Claraheadspace Implementation ProjectAugust-18$14,960,943 The County proposes to increase access to services for individuals between the ages of 12-25 years old by implementing the headspace model for treating youth with emerging mental health needs. The headspace model is an Australian national network of centers that function as a 'one-stop-shop' for youth to ensure they have the coping skills and support systems in place to successfully transition into adulthood. The County states that incorporating the headspace model will lead to better identification of the early warning signs of mental illness and suicide.
    MontereyActivities for Increasing Latino EngagementAugust-18$1,240,000 Monterey County proposes to provide mini grants to any constituency who meets the requirements of the granting process to increase Latino engagement with mental health services. The county proposes to utilize the services of a fiscal administrator to award and distribute the grant funds and will establish a review committee to ensure that the proposed mini grants meet various innovation regulatory criteria.
    MontereyTransportation Cocahing by Wellness NavigatorsAugust-18$1,234,000 Monterey County proposes to establish a more efficient transportation assistance program for its mental health consumers by adding Peer wellness navigators to provide one to one support and transportation training.
    Santa BarbaraResiliency Interventions for Sexual Abuse (RISE)September-18$2,600,000 The County is requesting an extension of time and funding for this Innovation. Initially approved in 2015 as a three-year project, Resiliency Interventions for Sexual Exploitation (RISE) was designed to increase the quality of services, including better outcomes, for girls who are victims of (or at risk for) sexual exploitation through sexual trafficking.
    KingsThe Multiple Organization Shared Telepsychiatry (MOST) ProjectSeptember-18$1,663,631 Kings County proposes to offer Telepsychiatry services, with the inclusion of peer and parent peer navigators, for the residents living in their rural community with the hopes it will reduce individuals from needing crisis services in the emergency room or involvement with the criminal justice system.
    TehamaTECH SUITESeptember-18$118,088 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    Tri-CityTECH SUITESeptember-18$1,674,700 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    City of BerkeleyTECH SUITESeptember-18$462,916 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    RiversideTECH SUITESeptember-18$25,000,000 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    MontereyTECH SUITESeptember-18$2,526,000The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    San MateoTECH SUITESeptember-18$3,872,167 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    MarinTECH SUITESeptember-18$1,580,000 The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    San FranciscoTECH SUITESeptember-18$2,273,000The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    Santa BarbaraTECH SUITESeptember-18$4,912,852The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    InyoTECH SUITESeptember-18$448,757The project will utilize technology-based mental health solutions designed to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness including: Virtual peer chatting with trained and certified peers with lived experience. Virtual support specific to populations including family members of children and adults with mental illness and those experiencing mental health-related symptoms: virtual chat options for parents of children or adults with mental illness. Virtual manualized interventions, including mindfulness exercises, cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior skills with are delivered in an intuitive fashion. An active referral process for Tx. Incorporating passive data from mobile devices which uses digital phenotyping.
    Los AngelesOngoing Focused Support to Improve Recovery Rates for Conservatees Living in the CommunitySeptember-18$16,282,502Los Angeles County proposes to develop a collaboration between the Public Guardian's (PG) office and the Department of Mental Health and peers. This pilot project is intended to create a team based, recovery focused approach for conservatees in the community (in and out of board and care facilities). It is anticipated that this team, made up of a clinical advocate and a peer mentor will increase conservatees' access to services, increase their quality of life and community integration.
    Los AngelesTherapeutic TransportationSeptember-18$18,342,400Los Angeles County Los Angeles County proposes to utilize equipped vans staffed with mental health professionals to provide transportation to consumers on involuntary holds to the psychiatric hospital. Staff transporting consumers will consist of a clinician, a medical case worker and a peer support specialist. The County states that outfitted vans may also help to reduce the stigma associated with hospital transport as consumers are typically transported via ambulance or accompanied by law enforcement.
    AlamedaCommunity Assessment and Transport Team (CATT)October-18$9,878,082Alameda County proposes to design and implement a mobile crisis response system that requires collaboration among several county agencies in an effort to reduce the high rates of 5150 holds in their County.
    AlamedaTransitional Age Youth Emotional Emancipation CirclesOctober-18$501,808Alameda County proposes to take a community defined practice, Emotional Emancipation Circles, (EEC) and "tailor" it to better reach African American young adults.
    AlamedaIntroducing Neuroplasticity to Mental Health Services for ChildrenOctober-18$2,054,534Alameda County would like to incorporate neurodevelopmental interventions into participating elementary schools within their school district by bringing Holistic Approach to Neuro-Developmental and Learning Efficiency (HANDLE) training for clinical and non-clinical providers to provide assessment and interventions with the hopes that incorporating HANDLE will improve outcomes for youth experiencing mental health challenges by changing the brain's plasticity.
    San FranciscoWellness in the Streets (WITS)October-18$1,750,000Wellness in the Streets (WITS) is a peer-run and peer-led project based on the concept that lack of housing should not be a barrier to improving mental health. WITS will test new ways of peer-to-peer service delivery and engagement with unhoused San Francisco residents by meeting them where they are and supporting participants through the stages of change until they are able to engage in services.
    City of BerkeleyTrauma Informed Care for EducatorsDecember-18$266,134In 2016, the City of Berkeley received approval of $180,000 for an Innovation project to provide Trauma Informed Care (TIC) for youth throughout Berkeley Unified School District. This collaborative project was designed to provide TIC training to educators and interested parents and bring TIC practices into the public health, mental health and law enforcement sectors.
    SolanoStatewide Early Psychosis Learning Health Care NetworkDecember-18$414,211This collaborative project will use innovation funds to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable Learning Health Care Network for Early Psychosis (EP) programs, including training and technical assistance to EP program providers over five years in order to increase the quality of services including measurable outcomes
    San DiegoStatewide Early Psychosis Learning Health Care NetworkDecember-18$1,127,389This collaborative project will use innovation funds to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable Learning Health Care Network for Early Psychosis (EP) programs, including training and technical assistance to EP program providers over five years in order to increase the quality of services including measurable outcomes
    Los AngelesStatewide Early Psychosis Learning Health Care NetworkDecember-18$4,545,027This collaborative project will use innovation funds to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable Learning Health Care Network for Early Psychosis (EP) programs, including training and technical assistance to EP program providers over five years in order to increase the quality of services including measurable outcomes
    OrangeStatewide Early Psychosis Learning Health Care NetworkDecember-18$2,499,120This collaborative project will use innovation funds to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable Learning Health Care Network for Early Psychosis (EP) programs, including training and technical assistance to EP program providers over five years in order to increase the quality of services including measurable outcomes
    San BenitoBehavioral Health-Diversion and Reentry Court January-19$2,254,566 San Benito County is proposing to establish a mental health court, modeled after its current drug court to better assist Latino persons with serious mental illness with more appropriate services and to reduce recidivism.
    CalaverasEnhancing the Journey to Wellness: Peer Specialist Program  $706,366Calaveras County is proposing to hire a Peer Specialist Case Manager to meet with and work with behavioral health consumers upon their discharge from a crisis program (hospitalization).
    San FranciscoFuerte School-Based Prevention Groups January-19$1,500,000The Fuerte program is proposed as an adaptation of a promising school-based prevention approach to promote support around acculturation and behavioral health access for immigrant youth, ages 12 to 18. San Francisco County hopes to reduce behavioral health disparities among newcomer youth and create a "playbook" that other counties can use to adopt and implement the groups for other immigrant populations. methods approach as part of a comprehensive evaluation.
    NevadaHomeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) TeamFebruary-19$2,395,892.02 Nevada County proposes to implement a Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) Team consisting of a Nurse, a Peer Specialist, and a Personal Services Coordinator to conduct outreach and linkages for medical care, mental health, substance use disorders, and offer low-barrier housing units that do not require sobriety or engagement with the County's behavioral health services
    ImperialPositive Engagement Teams February-19$3,120,109 The County is proposing to utilize service animals as part of its outreach and engagement in order to increase trust, access to services, reduce stigma around mental health services and increase the participation of its residents who might require mental health services.
    San BernardinoInnovative Remote Onsite Assistance Delivery (InnROADS)February-19$17,024,309 San Bernardino County proposes to utilize engagement and mobile treatment teams to outreach and engage the unsheltered homeless population in their County. These teams will provide counseling, medication and basic health screenings. Additionally, the County states they would like to test a multi-agency case management approach to determine its effectiveness in engagement with this population.
    Mono Eastern Sierra Strengths-Based Learning Collaborative - ExtensionMarch-19$84,935In 2017, Mono County received approval of $259,046 for an Innovation project to develop a regional collaborative with the neighboring Counties of Inyo and Alpine as well as various community based organizations. The collaborative focused on training County staff and partners on the Strengths Model with the goal of developing skills for staff in order to provide improved services to clients, prevent staff burn out and integrate the best practice in the three counties. • Mono County is proposing an extension of 4 months for more in-person, 1:1 time with facilitators and is requesting additional funds in the amount of $84,935 (an increase of 32%) for the additional training time and for a more qualitative evaluation in order to complete the project.
    San MateoLGBTQ Behavioral Health Coordinated Services (The Pride Center) - ExtensionMarch-19$1,550,000 On July 28, 2016, San Mateo County received approval of $2,200,000 for a 3 year Innovation project to establish The Pride Center in order to provide a coordinated approach across clinical services, psychoeducational and community/social events and resources for the LGBTQ+ community. • The collaboration experienced contracting and implementation delays in addition to serving twice as many clients in the first year than originally planned. These challenges required an adjustment of the original timeline and the addition of new assessment tools to aid the evaluation.
    TulareAddressing Metabolic Syndrome and its Components in Consumers Taking Antipsychotic MedicationMarch-19$1,610,734 Tulare County proposes to assess and address Metabolic Syndrome in individuals who are treated with injectable antipsychotic medications by working collaboratively with Tulare County's Visalia Adult Integrated Clinic and employees from the County Health Department. (Motion was amended to strengthen the 3 additional components that were added as well as strengthening the evaluation).
    TulareConnectedness 2 CommunityMarch-19$1,320,684 Tulare County Behavioral Health proposes to develop a collaborative relationship with local mental health providers and community leaders in an effort to incorporate consumer's cultural values and spiritual beliefs into an individual's treatment plan. (Motion was amended to strengthen evaluation).
    ButteCenter Care ProjectApril-19$1,671,031Butte County is proposing to establish a technical assistance center and learning collaborative to serve young children (ages 0-5), their parents and caregivers. The collaborative will facilitate: expansion of access to specialized, trauma-informed, multi-generational, and cross-sector treatment modalities offering community level education and system collaboration.
    AlamedaMental Health Technology 2.0April-19$2,040,120Alameda County is proposing the Mental Health Technology 2.0 Innovation Project which plans to establish a competitive bid process for community based organizations and software developers to work in tandem to develop mental health mobile applications to support four specific populations; caregivers of family members who suffer from a serious mental illness, youth and transition aged youth who are victims of trauma, attempted suicide survivors and immigrants, asylees and refugees who are particularly isolated in the County and who may have a set of barriers (i.e. stigma, knowledge, language) that prevent them from seeking services
    OrangeBehavioral Health System TransformationMay-19$18,000,000Orange County will work in collaboration with state and local agencies, public and private health plans, partnering agencies as well as their community to develop an integrated public/private behavioral health system to serve County residents, regardless of an individual's insurance coverage. Orange County states this project will involve intensive planning and will require the involvement of subject matter experts statewide and is intended to explore the feasibility of a system level change of this magnitude. It is important to note that Orange County states they will return to the Commission to seek funding for additional separate project proposals if the feasibility of this project proves to be successful in merging public and private funding to serve the residents of the County. The overarching goal of this project will ultimately include several interlinked components with the hopes of blending funding from private, public, and philanthropic sectors.
    VenturaConocimiento: Addressing ACEs through Core CompetenciesMay-19$1,047,100Ventura County plans to increase resilience and community building activities, which are known to benefit youth with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), by using a community driven practice called Conocimiento, which combines resiliency building and community involvement in two local community centers. These activities will include community meals, skill building activities, and will be rotated between the two community centers with transportation being provided to facilitate participation by youth.
    Los AngelesThe TRIESTE ProjectMay-19$116,750,000.00Los Angeles County proposes to test a pilot in the Hollywood region of the county that has the potential to dramatically transform the landscape of the current mental health system. The County is requesting Innovation funds to temporarily replace the entire existing public mental health funding system to test a new payment and documentation system to see whether it will improve the effectiveness and satisfaction of mental health services resulting in improved outcomes without increasing cost. If successful, the County plans to expand the model across county services and is hopeful that they can demonstrate to the state of California and the federal government that the Medicaid financing and accountability system should be changed.
    Fresno Community Program Planning ProcessJune-19$750,000 Approved via Delegated Authority: Fresno County requests authorization to use up to $750,000 over 5 years ($150,000 per year) to support the Innovation-related Community Program Planning Process (INN related CPPP). The County is proposing to contract with a marketing/communications firm to conduct focus groups on specific populations (African American adults and youth, Spanish speaking adults, Hmong speaking adults, older adults, LGBTQ TAY and adults, and caregivers) with whom the County has had difficulty engaging. The County intends to conduct ongoing evaluation of the INN-related CPPP in order to draw from and apply lessons to improve both the INN planning process and the program planning process in the other MHSA components.
    Fresno Full-Service Partnership Multi-County Evaluation Jun-19$950,000 Approved via Delegated Authority: Fresno County is requesting approval of $950,000 to participate with other counties in an evaluation of full-service partnership (FSP) programs in order to determine if there are any best practice models for successful FSPs.
    Fresno Psychiatric Advance Directive -Supportive Decision MakingJune-19$950,000 "Approved via Delegated Authority: Fresno County is seeking to use up to $950,000 of Innovation funding over 3 years to participate in a Multi-County Innovation Project - Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) - Supportive Decision Making.
    The project is intended to explore and assess strategies to use psychiatric advance directives, combined with supported decision-making, to improve the effectiveness of community mental health services for people with serious mental illness who are at risk of needing involuntary care, criminal justice involvement and involuntary hospitalization."