We would like to highlight and bring attention to a joint hearing of the Assembly Health and Judiciary Committees focused on LPS that is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th. Please see the article in the Advocacy/Policy/News section of this newsletter.
We would also like to highlight our dedicated volunteers who are part of CASRA's standing committees and support groups that help support our mission, and in turn, our member agencies. They are the members of our Public Policy and Conference committees, and those who participate in our Human Resources, Social Rehabilitation Facilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Wellness Center Support Groups. If you are from a CASRA member agency and would like more information and/or are interested in participating in one of our committees or groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our spotlight in this issue is on Turning Point Community Programs' CEO, Al Rowlett. Al was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Al has been the CEO since 2014, has been with Turning Point since 1981, and today provides leadership and guidance to over 40 programs in several Northern and Central California counties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University, a Master’s in Business Administration in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University and in Social Work from California State University (CSUS). He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Congratulations, Al!
Who We Are
CASRA is a statewide organization of private, not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that serve clients of the California public mental health system.
Member agencies provide a variety of services that are designed to enhance the quality of life and community participation of youth, adults and older adults living with challenging mental health issues.
Laugh Your Way through the Holidays:
Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others
Presented by Anna Lubarov, PSS, ITE
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
The Holiday Season is upon us, and with it - holiday stress.
Join us to talk about ways to use laughter and humor to lighten the holiday mood, support your program participants and take care of yourself, while taking care of others.
California Assembly Hearing on Lanterman-Petris-Short – Make Your Voice Heard!
The Assembly Health and Judiciary Committees are scheduled to hold a joint hearing focused on the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) on Wednesday, December 15th. CASRA is requesting CASRA member organizations and like-minded organizations/individuals to call into the hearing to express opposition to the relaxation/expansion of civil commitment criteria for WIC 5150/5250 holds and LPS conservatorships. Read More
How does involuntary mental-health treatment work, and what rights do patients have?
By Ada Tseng, Claire Hannah Collins - October 4, 2021
If you struggle with mental illness, you — like everyone — have the right to make decisions about your own medical care.
But often, there’s fear, anxiety and stigma around the decisions people with serious mental health challenges make — especially if they’ve been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Could you make good choices? And even if you choose something your family, friends or medical providers don’t agree with, is it ultimately better that it’s your own choice?
A public mental health model in Italy earns global praise. Now it faces its demise
From NPR, Morning Edition
Sylvia Poggioli - November 24, 2021
TRIESTE, Italy — An old mental hospital sits in Trieste's San Giovanni Park alongside a large rose garden that stretches up a hill over the city. The facility closed over 40 years ago, but its ocher pavilions are filled with activity.
In one building, Radio Fragola (Strawberry Radio) broadcasts news and public services information. Next door is Il Posto delle Fragole (Strawberry Patch), a café and meeting point. (Their names are a nod to Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries film.) Down the hall, workers are busy sewing ties, bags and clothing.
Helping staff these operations, as well as cafés, museums, libraries and other workplaces throughout the city, are people with mental illnesses who belong to a social cooperative called La Collina (the Hill). Read More