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The vision Behavioral Health Action has crafted is ambitious, yet it must be to truly address the decades-old, systemic barriers that currently inhibit strong behavioral health care for all Californians. Our vision:

Californians will attain wellness, hope, resilience, and recovery through timely access to a robust continuum of prevention services and behavioral health care that is person-centered, culturally competent, and evidence-based.

To measure our progress in achieving this vision, California should establish a baseline and monitor the goal to improve by at least 10% per year in several key community-level indicators:

  • Reduce the delay from the onset of symptoms to engagement in treatment for mental health and substance use disorder needs.
  • Reduce the disparities in behavioral health service utilization among racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation/gender identity populations.
  • Reduce the proportion of individuals with mental health and substance use disorder needs in jails and prisons.
  • Reduce the rate of re-hospitalization following a psychiatric hospitalization.
  • Increase the number of children and youth receiving screenings for behavioral health needs.
  • Improve the satisfaction of consumers and families with the behavioral health care services they receive.
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The Need for a California Behavioral Health Care Standard


Guiding Principles


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