About the MHSOAC Workplace Mental Health Project
Research suggests that absenteeism and loss of productivity at work due to depressive disorders costs approximately $10.2 billion annually. The costs incurred by businesses and organizations as the result of treated and untreated mental disorders among employees are high, rising, and the single most expenseive category of health costs incurred across all industries.
In November 2018 the California Legislature unanimously passed SB 1113 and directed the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to develop a framework and draft voluntary standards for workplace mental health for employers to follow. The Commission will engage with employers and employees, subject matter experts, mental health consumers, human resources professionals, and others to develop the standards which aim to reduce mental health stigma, increase public, employee, and employer awareness of the significance of mental health, and create avenues to treatment, support and recovery.
The Workplace Mental Health Subcommittee is chaired by Commissioner Keyondria Bunch, Ph.D and includes Commissioner Mara Madrigal-Weiss.