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A New Standard for Behavioral Health Care in California

Our proposed standard for behavioral health care gives equal access to a variety of inter-related elements of prevention and care — regardless of where individuals reside and who insures them. This continuum of care is not intended as a menu of optional services from which a health plan or county might choose, but rather a full continuum we should strive to build in every part of the state. This document provides a coherent set of community-based prevention and early intervention strategies, outpatient care, and a range of 24-hour services that reduce hospitalization, institutional and long-term care, and incarceration.

These interlinked strategies share the common goal of promoting recovery so that all Californians achieve health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. The five core action areas of this community- based standard of behavioral health care are presented below and each component is further described in the rest of this document.

 

CONTINUUM OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INVESTMENTS

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Prevent

Prevent Whether mental illness or substance use disorders develop depends on a variety of social, biological, and neurological factors. However,...READ MORE

Detect and Link

Detect and Link  Complementary to the previous section on prevention, screening at the individual level to identify risk factors and...READ MORE

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