Mental Health – About the Committee

Formed in 2006 by then Assembly Member Mark Ridley-Thomas, this monthly forum ensures that constituents are apprised of and can give voice to mental health issues of concern. Mental health providers, allied public and nonprofit organizations, consumers, family members, advocates, concerned citizens and others join to discuss and share ideas which address mental health-related issues and advance policy and other important initiatives.

Goals:

  1. Collaborate with the Second Supervisorial District office to address the mental health needs of the community, especially by addressing the impact of trauma.
  2. Bridge disparities in access to and receipt of mental health services by Under-Represented Ethnic Populations (UREP).
  3. Serve as a nexus for coalition building to increase services for those who are homeless and mentally ill.
  4. Educate participants and the community on Proposition 63 – the Mental Health Services Act – and how constituents can benefit.

Issues:

  • Increased Access to MH Services Through Health Reform Implementation
  • Rapid Housing Alternatives for Consumers With Mental Health Needs
  • Success for Supervisorial District 2 Youth Through Early Screening for Childhood Trauma
  • Dedicated Housing for Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs

Click here for a printable version of the Mental Health Committee fact sheet.