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HHS Announces American Rescue Plan Funding

HHS Announces American Rescue Plan Funding | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

The US Department of Health and Human Services Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis

HHS Secretary Becerra forms new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs.

Published on: 05/26/2021   |  Category:  Articles  Press Release  Mental Health

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In Honor of Jay Mahler

In Honor of Jay Mahler | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Humble. Kind. Compassionate. Spiritual. Gentle. Inspiring. Beloved. All of these words describe consumer-survivor movement leader Jay Mahler, who passed away last Saturday. The following was written by Mary Hogdon, a long-time friend and ally of Jay’s.

Published on: 05/19/2021   |  Category:  Articles  Press Release  Mental Health

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"...the devil is in the implementation..."

"...the devil is in the implementation..." | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

I can’t remember when, where or in relation to what that I first heard this brief admonition, but it is one that I have repeated numerous times over the years to social work students, advocates and others.  It is also something that I can easily forget during the excitement and celebration that immediately follow the passage of an important piece of legislation.

Published on: 04/07/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Beyond the Biology of Mental Illness

Beyond the Biology of Mental Illness | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

In treating it, we should address cultural aspects that shape our suffering.

Published on: 04/06/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters

When Talking About Social Determinants, Precision Matters | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Public health experts have aptly expressed concern about the health care industry’s characterization of interventions as addressing “the social determinants of health” and have pointed out the limitations of over-medicalizing individuals’ social needs rather than investing in upstream community interventions. Acknowledging this concern and seeking greater internal consistency, the Health Care Transformation Task Force (the Task Force)—a coalition of payers, purchasers, providers, and patients committed to embracing value-based payment models—offers a framework to describe the distinction among social determinants of health, social risk factors, and social needs in a manner that promotes more precise usage of each term by all health care stakeholders. Clear and consistent terminology is an essential first step to determining what role health care providers and payers can and should play in addressing the underlying factors that influence population health. (Others have made similar points, notably Hugh Alderwick and Laura Gottlieb in The Milbank Quarterly.)

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Back to Better Behavioral Health

Back to Better Behavioral Health | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Introduction: To best address the daunting challenges that stem from the traumas of COVID -19, racial injustice, poverty and rising overdose and suicide rates, the Biden Administration should look to new leadership at SAMHSA that is uniquely skilled to lead the way in helping our nation to heal by implementing evidence-based policies that advance the principles of recovery, resilience, peer support and trauma informed care.. For example, people with lived experience of mental illness and trauma should be placed in high leadership roles to bring back meaning and morale to an agency that evidenced “considerable turnover and declining morale’ during the Trump Administration, ranking 413 out of 415 agencies.1

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit

2021 Women's History Month Resource Toolkit | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Published on: 03/04/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Disability Advocates Make Recommendations to HHS-Secretary-Designate Becerra

Disability Advocates Make Recommendations to HHS-Secretary-Designate Becerra | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Our friends at NYAPSRS partnered with the Bazelon Center to create a list of recommendations to HHS Secretary-Designate Becerra on a variety of key disability rights issues.  

Published on: 02/08/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

PBS has done a great job of posting a variety of documentaries and shorts about the Black experience in American history. Take some time this month to view theses clips!

Published on: 02/08/2021   |  Category:  Articles

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Inequities in Mental Health Services

Inequities in Mental Health Services | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

It’s Time for a Reckoning and Rectification

As the country confronts the coronavirus crisis and the ways it has exposed racism and inequality, it is time for the mental health field to look inwards and reckon with its own shortcomings. Similar to other American institutions and disciplines, racial and socioeconomic inequalities tend to be replicated in the accessibility and appropriateness of treatments offered to vulnerable individuals and families.

Published on: 10/07/2020   |  Category:  Articles

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Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform

Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform | California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

It's "More Needed Than Ever"

SACRAMENTO — During the first week of school closures in San Jose, state Sen. Jim Beall’s office received more than a dozen phone calls from distressed parents and caregivers.

Published on: 10/07/2020   |  Category:  Articles

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