CHCF Goal: Advancing People-Centered Care
Raising the Bar for Behavioral Health Care
October 21, 2021
Serene Olin, Lauren Niles
The National Committee for Quality Assurance evaluates the current behavioral health quality measurement landscape and shares insights about the needs and challenges facing behavioral health care organizations.
Bridging the Divide Between Mental Health Care and Addiction Treatment
September 21, 2021
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, a CHCF senior program officer shares the heartbreaking story of her son’s death from mental illness and substance use, the result of being caught between two siloed health care systems. Her desire to prevent future tragedies inspires her work promoting integrated care in California.
In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
Susan Anthony, Rebecca Catterson, Suzanne Campanella
Behavioral Health, Homelessness & Health Care
CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people enrolled in Medi-Cal who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder. The paper and accompanying videos highlight what is working — and not working — for them in the health care system.
CalAIM Explained: A Five-Year Plan to Transform Medi-Cal
California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is a far-reaching, multiyear plan to transform California’s Medi-Cal program and to make it integrate more seamlessly with other social services. The goal of CalAIM is to improve outcomes for the millions of Californians covered by Medi-Cal, especially those with the most complex needs. This fact sheet includes a high-level overview of the plan's details.
In Humboldt, the Community Works Together to Tackle Homelessness
July 16, 2021
Data Exchange, Homelessness & Health Care
How an electronic records system made life better for people experiencing homelessness in Humboldt County and for the social service and health care workers helping them.
Homelessness Response 101
Homelessness & Health Care
This resource guide for health care providers offers practical information about how homeless assistance works at the local level, with particular focus on Continuums of Care and Coordinated Entry and includes suggestions on how to participate in your community’s response to homelessness.
Listening to Mothers in California: Maternal Mental Health
National Partnership for Women and Families
The Listening to Mothers in California survey was aimed at improving the experience and outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth by reporting women’s experiences and preferences on many topics, including maternal mental health. Women diagnosed with a mental health condition should have access to appropriate treatment, counseling, or both.
Breaking Down Silos: How to Share Data to Improve the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness & Health Care
With more than 150,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given day, purposeful collaboration between the housing and health care sectors are critical. This report focuses on ways in which the two systems are sharing data to better coordinate and support clients' needs.
Sobering Centers Explained
Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Bonar Menninger
Sobering centers offer a cost-effective alternative for providing care to people with acute intoxication whose public alcohol or drug use puts themselves or others at risk. New interest in the decades-old approach has been sparked by recent CalAIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal). Learn more about these programs through these two publications: a high-level issue brief and a detailed report.