Overview - California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC)
The California Mental Health Planning Council is mandated by federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious mental illness, to provide oversight and accountability for the public mental health system, and to advise the Administration and the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide planning.
- The California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC) is Recruiting: Join the CMHPC and help us achieve our mission of evaluating the mental health system for accessible and effective care. We advocate for an accountable system of responsive services that are strength-based, recovery-oriented, culturally competent, and cost-effective. To achieve these ends, the Planning Council educates the general public, the mental health constituency, and legislators. Membership commitment is for three years and all council members are required to participate in four 3-day meetings a year in different regions of the State (the CMHPC pays for travel, lodging, and provides a daily per diem). Committee members are also required to serve on a minimum of two committees within the CMHPC at these meetings. Please click the link below for an application and more information.
- Strategic Plan: The California Mental Health Planning Council developed a Strategic Plan for the entire council as well as for all of its committees at the January and April 2011 meetings of the Council. At that time, the Council also developed a new committee titled Legislation, Regulations, and Funding Committee to better monitor state activities in these areas. This strategic plan will guide the Planning Council in 2011 and 2012. This is a summary of the meetings and strategic plan.
- Electronic Personal Health Records 2011: This report provides an overview of the application and development of electronic health records focusing on personal health records (PHR). PHR’s can be a valuable tool for those with chronic conditions or anyone who desires easy access to their records for personal as well as professional applications.
- Performance Indicator Proposal 2011: This report provides performance indicators for evaluating Mental Health Services Act programs and county mental health programs. Indicators are provided for the individual client level, the county mental health system level, and the community level
- CMHPC Accomplishments 2008 – 2010: This document summarizes and highlights some of the Planning Council’s major projects and accomplishments in the period from 2008 – 2010.
- Older Adult Suicide.pdf : This report highlights the ethnic and gender differences in Older Adult suicide. Older Adult white males have a higher than expected rate of suicide than the general population as a whole.
The CMHPC envisions a mental health system that makes it possible for individuals to lead full and productive lives. The system incorporates public and private resources to offer community-based services that embrace recovery and wellness. The services are client and family driven, responsive, timely, culturally competent, and accessible to all of California's populations.
The CMHPC evaluates the mental health system for accessible and effective care. It advocates for an accountable system of responsive services that are strength-based, recovery-oriented, culturally competent, and cost-effective. To achieve these ends, the Council educates the general public, the mental health constituency, and legislators.
Since the 1960s California has had a statewide advisory board operating independently from the State Department of Mental Health (now the Department of Health Care Services) to provide public input into mental health policy development and planning. The current entity, the California Mental Health Planning Council, was established in state statute in 1993 in response to the realignment of mental health program responsibility and funding. (Welfare and Institutions Code 5771 et seq.) In addition to establishing a dedicated funding base for mental health services, realignment provided county governments with greater autonomy and flexibility in managing their local mental health programs. The Planning Council was designed to be an appropriate structure for public input, planning, and evaluation under realigned mental health programs.