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Public policy regarding behavioral health is receiving much press lately.  Usually this appears as a sensational story -- of overdoses and acts of violence -- but others give a more accurate story, like this one on the increase in mental health hospitalizations among California youth.  At the same time, there are increasing avenues to get people the help they need, like improved insurance and Medi-Cal coverage.

Novata Behavioral Health, a subsidiary of Mental Health Systems (MHS), has acquired the San Diego-based autism organization Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (CARES).  

CARES works with individuals with autism diagnoses ages one to adult. Services offered include functional behavior analysis, discrete trial training, social skill builders, counseling, parent education workshops, assessments, therapy and psychiatric support.

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.