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After a rough start in October, over two million Americans now have health insurance through Exchanges (Covered California), and another four million have acquired insurance through Medicaid (Medi-Cal). This change happened just days ago, as did the other big change impacting us—parity for mental health and substance use disorder services now applies to virtually everyone who has health insurance. What does this mean for Californians?

OPEN MINDS has created a partnership with San Diego-based Mental Health Systems (MHS) to launch the annual California Planning & Performance Management Institute. The 2014 OPEN MINDS California Planning & Performance Management Institute will take place August 20-21, 2014 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

Jeanette Sanchez was recently appointed to the Mental Health Systems board of directors. Ms. Sanchez, the Senior Vice President of Information Technology at AMN Healthcare, has demonstrated an ongoing interest in MHS’ commitment to provide innovative and cost-effective mental health and drug and alcohol recovery services.  As an MHS board member, Ms. Sanchez’s responsibilities will include organizational planning, recruitment of new board members, financial oversight, and furthering fundraising efforts and community support.

On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued the final rule on the 2008 Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).  This bill, also known as the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act, was a bi-partisan law that guarantees that virtually all insured individuals receive behavioral health benefits on par with physical health benefits.  This prevents separate deductibles, lifetime limits, or co-pays for behavioral health.  The ruling also provides behavioral health benefits to over 60 million Americans.  This is e

Mental Health Systems, a San Diego-based behavioral health service provider, was honored today with the San Diego County Veteran Allegiance Award as it was named organization of the year at the Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon.

MHS has made a commitment to providing quality veteran-centered support services within the San Diego community. Mental Health Systems operates two programs exclusively designed to serve veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, reservists and their families.