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.