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BHA co-chairs encouraged by historic appointment of “Mental Health Key Advisor”

May 21, 2019

Behavioral Health Action applauds Gov. Gavin Newsom for his leadership and making California’s behavioral health crisis a top priority of his administration. His choice of Dr. Thomas Insel to be California’s key advisor on mental health issues is historic, and this move takes us in exactly the direction we need in order to benefit the Golden State now and in the future.

As former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and current president of Mindstrong Health, Dr. Insel brings decades of experience in transforming and leading the discussion on behavioral health challenges and ending the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. We’re confident he will provide the leadership our state’s fragmented behavioral health system so desperately needs.

The Behavioral Health Action coalition looks forward to working with Dr. Insel and Gov. Newsom to advance the critical behavioral health discussion in California and leading America to enact innovative solutions for behavioral health. The Governor made a commitment and he’s followed through. We are all going to be better for it.

Carmela Coyle
Co-Chair, Behavioral Health Action               

Jessica Cruz
Co-Chair, Behavioral Health Action

About Behavioral Health Action

Behavioral Health Action is a coalition of more than 50 statewide organizations united to raise awareness about behavioral health issues in California. Co-chaired by the California Hospital Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, our goal is to engage California’s leaders to prioritize behavioral health challenges and reduce stigma. More information can be found at

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