Innovation Approved Projects

Approved Innovation Projects
County Name Innovation Project Name Commission Approval Date Approved Amount Project Description
Yolo First Initiative July 2017 $1,725,139 The purpose to improve collaboration between non-law enforcement first responders, other service providers, and consumers via MDT modification, and to increase the quality of mental health services via the MHT
modification and the MHUC.
Yolo Board and Care Study
July 2017 $89,125 To increase access to mental health services by addressing underlying factors contributing to limited availability
and access to board and care services.
Contra Costa Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training in Board and Care Facilities August 2017 1,247,200 Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST) is an emerging practice with demonstrated positive results for persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The CBSST Project proposes to apply this therapeutic practice to the population of individuals that have been placed in augmented board and care facilities. The CBSST Project will create a clinical team, consisting of a licensed clinician and peer support worker, to lead cognitive behavioral social skills training groups at board and care facilities. Adults with serious mental illness will learn and practice skills that will enable them to achieve and consolidate recovery based skills.
Contra Costa Center for Recovery and Empowerment August 2017 $2,502,022 A new and innovative model has been developed to combine a “train and place” approach with the existing “place and train” approach in order to serve a larger number of consumers who represent a broader spectrum of readiness for employment.
Contra Costa Vocational Services partners with the Putnam Clubhouse to enable flexible funds to be made available for pre-employment goods and services. The
Recovery Through Employment Readiness Project began in FY 2015-16.
Mono Eastern Sierra Strengths Based Learning Collaborative: A County Drive
Regional Partnership
September 2017 $259,046 A collaboration with Inyo, Mono, and Alpine Counties and community partners (Mono is the only County using Innovation funds. ) The collaborative will focus on training county staff and partners on the Strengths Model .
Napa Napa Adverse Childhood Experience September 2017 $438,869 Paraprofessionals are delegated a portion of professional tasks, but do not have a license to practice as an independent practitioner. Therefore, the supports that are available to licensed professionals to acknowledge and address their own trauma history are not in place for paraprofessionals. When individual’s ACEs are identified, they are also offered information and support. This information and support are not offered to
Napa Native American Historical Trauma and Traditional Healing September 2017 $479,518 The NA PEI Project provides outreach, education, cultural events and provider training to develop and enhance prevention and early intervention resources for the Native American Communities in Napa County. The NA PEI Project also offers an environment of rich opportunities to practice traditional activities and ceremony which includes, but is not limited to, cultural focus groups, talking circles, video projects with youth, land-based youth camps, ceremonies such as sweat lodges and vision quests; traditional healing practices and regalia creation.
Napa Understanding the Mental Health Needs of the American Canyon Filipino Community September 2017 $461,016 This project was prompted after Napa Valley Unified School District staff noted a disparity in mental health risks reported in the California Health Kids Survey data for Filipino students in American Canyon. After review of service usage data from the district and Napa County Health and Human Services, Mental Health Division, NVUSD staff learned that Filipino youth are not using the existing mental health services and supports at the same rate as other populations. District staff held focus groups and distributed surveys to the Filipino community
in American Canyon to get a better perspective about what may help.
Napa Work for Wellness September 2017 $309,250 The Work for Wellness project was conceived after noting that individuals, employers and the supported employment providers are all encountering barriers to creating sustained meaningful employment for individuals with SMI. This project is designed to bring the system participants together to (1) create shared measures of success, (2) change how employers, program administrators and individuals with SMI relate to each other and
(3) develop and test ideas to implement the shared measures of success.
Kern LA County Joint Program October 2017 $2,000,000 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
Los Angeles Joint Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services and Supports Utilizing a Suite of Technology -Based Mental
Health Solutions
October 2017 $33,000,000 Utilize technology Based mental health solutions designer to engage, educate, assess and intervene with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness (virtual chat options) 2) Utilize passive sensory data to engage, educate and suggest behavioral activation strategies (an interactive approach to digital phenotyping) Create a strategic approach to access points that will expose individuals to the technology based mental health solutions.
Mendocino Round Valley Crisis Response Services October 2017 $1,124,293 Mendocino County proposes to increase access to underserved groups, by creating a model for integrated one- stop crisis response services, adapted for Round Valley’s unique needs where 30-40% of the community residents are American Indian/ Alaskan Native. This project will provide a blend of Native American healing practices with County Specialty Mental Health and co-occurring substance abuse services to both Native and
Non-Native members of the community.
San Diego Urban Beats--EXTENSION October 2017 $2,259,447 The County’s project focuses on using a multi-tiered approach to mental health in lieu of traditional behavioral
health services. Some of the approaches include artistic expression, social media workshops, and one on one coaching.
San Diego Cognitive Rehabilitation and Exposure/Sorting Therapy (CREST) Mobile Hoarding Units--EXTENSION October 2017 $2,913,159 The Innovation project was designed to enhance the quality of life and housing stability for older adults suffering from serious mental illness with hoarding behaviors and at risk for homelessness.
San Diego Telemental Health October 2017 $5,253,376 The County project aims to increase access to behavioral health services for psychiatric patients being
discharged. To reduce recidivism and provide continuity of care, psychiatric clients, using crisis services, are given the telecommunication device prior to their discharge.
Santa Clara Client and Consumer Employment Project November 2017 $2,525,148 The project adapts the Individual Placement & Supported Employment model to new setting with the intention of transforming how the overall system views employment and start recognizing employment as a wellness goal for
behavioral health clients and an element of their treatment.
Santa Clara Faith Based Training and Supports Project November 2017 $608,964 The project will develop a customized educational training that will be tailored and implemented for use by faith and spiritual leaders. The program will be designed to provide them the necessary tools, skills, and resources options to better serve those in their communities who suffer from mental health and/or substance abuse issues. The project will also give faith and spiritual leaders a better understanding of their boundaries in not providing professional/clinical treatment without the necessary credentials to practice. First and foremost the project will teach the faith and spiritual leaders to be informed at making the appropriate behavioral health referrals to their congregants and directly link them to needed mental health and /or substance use treatment services.
Santa Clara Headspace November 2017 $572,273 SC county seeks to adapt and replicate the Australian headspace model as the first of its kind in the US. The County seeks to roll out this project in 2 phases: 1- ramp up, 2- implementation. In collaboration with Stanford Psychiatry Center for youth mental health and wellbeing, will develop a foundation framework for youth mental health services providing equitable access regardless of ability to pay or type of health care coverage. the project
will be an integral part of the ramp up period.
Santa Clara Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) November 2017 $3,688,511 The project will involve implementing the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team model, a co-response crisis intervention model which utilizes a PERT team: a licensed mental health clinician paired with a law enforcement officer. The project will also include a linkage component to peer support post-crisis services. the intent of the project is to provide on the scene behavioral health assessment and service referrals to ensure clients receive needed services, divert individuals to community based treatment and reduce EPS use as appropriate, and also connect individuals to peer support services post-crisis individuals with their recovery and prevent future suicide
San Joaquin Progressive Housing January 2018 $6,461,517 Progressive housing is an adaptation of the Housing First model for individuals who are homeless and have serious mental illness and possibly co-occurring disorders. The project offers a system of housing that examines an individual’s development through stage recovery coupled with four (4) distinct levels of services at each of the
San Joaquin Assessment & Respite Center January 2018 $11,216,688 San Joaquin County’s project has developed a new Screening, Assessment and Referral Center to improve access to service for the unserved, underserved, and high-risk populations and create a more consumer focused
and culturally responsive care.
Kern The Healing Project February 2018 $14,510,510 Will open two peer led recovery stations one in Bakersfield and another in ridgecrest. 16 bed facilities open 24/7 Will offer a safe enfironment to sober up whle also offering mental health screening. Peers will be trained in Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Aegis De-Escalation and Crisis Intervention Training. An onsite Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts will be available to provide intervention and consultation.
Mono LA County Joint Project February 2018 $85,000 In a joint county project that implement a group of technology based mental health solutions that utilize a web- based network of trained, on call, peers to chat 24/7 with individuals expereincing symptoms of mental illness; digital deterction of emotional, thought and behavioral distrubances through passively collected data, and virtual, evidence based on line treatment protocols that use avatars to deliver clinical care. Virtual services will be launched at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes and case managers will work with clients in remote areas to build buy in and impliment applications beginning in March 2018.
Trinity Cedar Home Peer Respite March 2018 $267,000 Trinity County’s project opened Cedar Home, a peer-led respite program, which focuses on the importance of
lived experience in the delivery of quality mental health services. This project is a pilot study to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of peer respite services in a rural home-based setting.
San Francisco Intensive Case Management/Full Service Partnership to Outpatient
March 2018 $3,750,000 The Innovation project seeks to implement a peer linkage team to provide support for clients transitioning from intensive case management or full-service partnerships to outpatient services. Peers will be trained and compensated to serve as step-down specialists, ensuring that clients are provided with seamless connections to
outpatient services and related resources.
Los Angeles Mobile Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) April 2018 $2,499,102 LA will develop and implement a Mobile Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Program to reduce symptoms in clients with major depressive disorders. This project will be implemented in two or more phases: first phase will involve mobile TMS delivered to adult clients currently receiving FSP services. The second phase will involve the expansion of mobile TMS treatment to clients living in Board and Care facilities. TMS uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses similar to those used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to stimulate key areas of the brain that are underactive in clients with depression. The client reclines comfortably in the treatment chair and is awake and alert during treatment. An electromagnetic coil is then placed directly to the target area of the brain where the device generates magnetic fields that alter the electrical activity of neurons.
Los Angeles Peer Support Specialist April 2018 $8,188,000 This PSS FSP will modify the existing FSP team staffing to consist primarily of peers to implement the whatever
it takes model to serve the justice involved population that meets the criteria for FSP.
Modoc LA County Joint Project April 2018 $270,000 Modoc County will partner with the multi-county innovation project utilizing technology-based mental health
solutions to increase access to care for underserved populations (Tech Suite Collaborative).
Orange LA County Joint Project April 2018 $23,000,000 Orange County is proposing to join Los Angeles County, Kern County and Mono County in a multi-county collaboration project to implement a group of technology-based mental health solutions that utilize a web-based network of trained, on-call, peers to chat 24/7 with individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness; digital detection of emotional, thought and behavioral disturbances through passively collected data; and virtual,
evidence-based on-line treatment protocols that use avatars to deliver clinical care.
Sacramento LA County Joint Project May 2018 $18,781,381 Sacramento will partner with the multi-county innovation project utilizing technological web-based mental health
solutions to increase access to care for underserved populations (Tech Suite Collaborative).
Butte Physician Committed May 2018 $645,493 The County project promotes interagency collaboration by partnering with the Butte-Glenn Medical Society, Butte County Office of Education and local primary care physicians in order to expand the interventions available to
adolescents at-risk for experiencing mental health and substance use issues.
Tehama LA County Joint Project May 2018 $114,000 Tehama will partner with the multi-county innovation project utilizing technological web-based mental health
solutions to increase access to care for underserved populations (Tech Suite Collaborative).