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The Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence is a new program authorized by Governor Brown under funds from the Mental Health Services Act. The sites for the 3-year start-up period are at UCLA Semel Institute and UC Davis.

The UCLA Semel Institute’s program includes resources to support the Clinical and Translational Science Center as well as research, communication, education and outreach programs of the Center for Health Services and Society. A central theme of the UCLA program is addressing mental health disparities through innovations in community engagement, dissemination of evidence-based practice, and innovations in research and communication and information technology. The UCLA program will also promote development of leadership in behavioral health sciences and services and innovations in approaches to community partnerships in mental health services. Key partners in services leadership are the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health Services, Health Servces, and Public Health through the Health Neighborhood Initiative.

Click Here to Download the UCLA Center of Excellence Report (PDF)

Click Here to Download the 2016 Health Neighborhood Initiative Report (PDF)


 

Presentations (PDF): The Way Forward Conference – March 30, 2017

Panelist Resources: The Way Forward – March 30th, 2017

Conference Videos: The Way Forward – March 30th, 2017

Conference Welcome and Overview
Cynthia Telles, PhD (UCLA) and Peter Whybrow, MD (UCLA)

Mayor Darrell Steinberg 

Keynote: “Using Population Surveillance Surveys to Understand Mental Health Disparities in California”
Audrey Burnam, PhD (RAND); Nicole Eberhart, PhD (RAND); Eunice Wong, PhD (RAND)
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Panel 1: “Emotional Emancipation Circles: Healing Circles for People of African Ancestry Preliminary Data”
Kristee L. Haggins, PhD (California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions); Cheryl Grills, PhD, (Loyola Marymount University)
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Panel 1: “Evidence-Based Treatment & Patient Diversity: What We Know & Why It Matter”
Stan Huey, PhD (University of Southern California)
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Panel 2: “A Public Health Approach in Schools to Addressing Child Mental Health Disparities”
Pia Escudero, LCSW (Los Angeles Unified School District); Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS (UCLA); Patricia Lester, MD (UCLA)
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Panel 2: “Examining Disparities in the Implementation of Child Evidence-Based Practices Within Prevention and Early Intervention Services in Los Angeles County”
Anna S. Lau, PhD (UCLA); Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD (UC San Diego); Lillian Bando, JD, MSW (Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health)
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Presentation: “Latino Health Riverside: A Process for Engaging Latino Neighborhoods to Identify Health Priorities”
Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH (UC Riverside School of Medicine); Mary Figueroa (UC Riverside Center for Healthy Communities)
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The Key Activity
Loretta Jones, MA, ThD (Healthy African American Families)

Panel 3: “Study Design of the PCORI-funded Project: Resiliency Education to Address Depression Disparities”
Bowen Chung, MD (County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health at Harbor-UCLA); Loretta Jones, MA, ThD (Healthy African American Families)
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Panel 3: “Development of an Automated Language Interpreting Tool for Hispanic Mental Health Patients”
Alberto Odor, MD (UC Davis Health)
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Panel 4: “Advancing Minority Mental Health: The Role of a Community Foundation”
Nike Irvin (California Community Foundation)
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Panel 4: “Criminalizing Mental Health and Addiction: Can We Bring Public Health and Criminal Justice Systems Together?”
Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD (RAND)

“The Way Forward” Discussion
Introduction: Jeanne Miranda, PhD (UCLA)
Panelists: Mayor Darrell Steinberg; Jonathan E. Sherin, MD, PhD (Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health); Jahmal Miller, MHA, DHL (California Department of Public Health)