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May 2013

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California Report

Darrell Steinberg Calls for More Investment in California Mental Health

By Torey Van Oot
The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2013

California's top Senate Democrat called Tuesday for more investment in mental health services in the state, saying his proposal could improve lives, prevent future tragedies and reduce the burden mentally ill patients put on the state's prisons and hospitals.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing significantly increasing mental health services in the state by adding 2,000 beds and at least 200 "triage personnel" to help individuals with mental health issues. His plan, which he hopes to enact through the state budget process, would also add 25 "Mobile Crisis Support Teams" to provide a range of resources to help people manage their mental illness without turning to emergency rooms or jails.

Steinberg said "invariably heart-breaking and often tragic" stories of what happens when mental illness goes untreated motivated him to craft the proposal. He highlighted the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, a federal appeals court's ruling on health care in California prisons and stories chronicled by The Bee of Nevada busing mentally ill patients to California and other states as recent examples of the need for care.

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California Governor Signs Health Insurance Protections

By Associated Press
The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 9, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a pair of consumer protection bills that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much insurers can charge older residents as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Brown signed ABx1-2 by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento and SBx1-2 by Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of Covina. The Assembly bill makes changes to the insurance code that regulates insurers, while the Senate bill makes changes to the health and safety code that regulates health care service plans.

The legislation updates California's laws to match new rules under the federal health overhaul. The laws give state agencies the power to enforce and regulate individual insurance rules.

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The Advocate Advantage

Together We Will Overcome

By John Kehoe

Over the years, incredible breakthroughs have led to longer life spans through in-depth knowledge of health conditions and groundbreaking pharmaceutical treatments. Some studies predict that by the end of this century it may be common for people to live well past their nineties. With these developments come new challenges. Academic studies suggest that one-half of those living in their late eighties will suffer from some form of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

These conditions are ranked as the tenth highest cause of death. Scientists and researchers are working very hard to find help to mitigate these conditions. Just this week, a new pharmaceutical was dropped due to its failure to improve health for those with Alzheimer's. As of now, Alzheimer's disease remains incurable and fatal. If nothing is done, Ken Dychtwald, gerontologist and author of the bestseller Age Wave says that the disease could easily become "the sink hole of the 21st Century."

According to a Rand Corp. study released this April, treating dementia costs more than heart disease or cancer, and costs Americans more than $150 billion a year. These conditions are an enticing challenge. Innovation on a particular disease state can seem magical. HIV/AIDS were once considered hopeless, but now with research, breakthroughs have been made and we’re working towards a cure.

Alheizemer's is a disease with the potential to be managed. Together we can bring awareness to our communities and provide funding for research.


Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act - Fresno

May 29, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University Square Hotel: Waldorf Grand Ballroom
4961 N. Cedar Ave
Fresno, CA 93726

RSVP Required

Please RSVP to Yadira at or (916) 658-0144.

Please provide your name, organization, title, address, phone number, email address

Guest Speakers:
Scott Suckow, Vice President of Community Partnerships for Mental Health Systems

Norma Forbes, Executive Director for Fresno Healthy Community Access Partners

Kevin Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Programs, Clinica Sierra Vista

Complimentary parking available on-site.

CPAT is proud to co-host this event with:

Clinica Sierra Vista

Mental Health Systems
Fresno HCAP

Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act - Riverside

May 30, 2013

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce:
The Bourns Boardroom
3985 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

RSVP Required

Please RSVP to Lauren at or (323) 466-3445.

Please provide your name, organization, title, address, phone number, email address

Guest Speaker:
Scott Suckow, Vice President of Community Partnerships for Mental Health Systems

Complimentary parking available on-site.

CPAT is proud to co-host this event with:

Mental Health Systems

Were you unable to attend a CPAT event? All program materials are housed on our website.

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Yadira Beas at to help advertise your upcoming event.

New Partners

Welcome New CPAT Partners!

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Northern California - Contact Yadira Beas at

Southern California - Contact Lauren Lewow at

In the News

Counties Still Not Prepared to Offer Expanded Mental Health Care

By Alexia Underwood
California Health Report, May 16, 2013

More than one million people in California suffer from mental illness -- the largest number of any state. When the final phase of the new federal health care law starts in January of next year, more California residents than ever before will be able to seek help for problems ranging from depression, anxiety, and addiction to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

But mental health providers in the state's Central Valley are unprepared for an influx of thousands of patients. State and county officials remain in the planning phases, even though new patients will be able to access these services in less than nine months.

Manuel Jimenez, director of Merced County's Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services, said that they haven't begun expanding programs just yet.

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Three Big Covered California Outreach Grants Land in Sacramento

By Kathy Robertson
The Sacramento Business Journal, May 14, 2013

The Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, University of California DavisCenter for Reducing Health Disparities and California Black Health Network are $1 million winners in Covered California’soutreach and education grant award program, officials at the state health benefit exchange announced Tuesday.

SETA will provide on-site, one-on-one education and assistance in Sacramento to individuals of limited English proficiency, low-wage and part-time workers, self-employed, families transitioning from welfare to work, individuals who have lost coverage due to employment or pre-existing conditions and young people under 30, including college students.

The UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities will provide information to Latinos and young adults in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties via social media, small group education at local farmers' markets and group outreach to churches, schools, colleges, businesses and employment agencies.

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Solving the Medication Adherence Challenge: Prescriptions for a Healthy America

By John J. Castellani
The Catalyst Blog, May 2, 2013

Not taking our medicines as prescribed is a serious problem and finding remedies to help patients stick with their treatments as directed would go a long way to better health, not to mention helping control healthcare costs. With that in mind, I am proud to announce that PhRMA has joined a new partnership to advance solutions to the medication adherence challenge.

Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence aims to improve patient care and bring together various stakeholders to help develop solutions and help patients and caregivers better understand the importance of using their medicines better.

Today, 145 million Americans suffer from chronic diseases and yet, only one-third are taking their medications as prescribed. The consequences are devastating, including on-going health problems and higher use of costly acute care, such as hospitalizations and surgeries. Importantly, many of these consequences are avoidable if medicines are taken as prescribed.

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Interesting Information

Medicines in Development: Leukemia & Lymphoma

Did you know that from 1960-1963, the rate of survival for non-Hodgkins lymphoma was 40 percent? By 2007, that rate was 86 percent, because of treatment advances? PhRMA's latest Medicines in Development report shows the next generation of potential therapies for blood cancers. Share this post to show your support for continued research and development of cures.

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