西瓜视频 Welcomes New Board Members

西瓜视频 Welcomes New Board Members

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of two new Directors to 西瓜视频鈥檚 Board. Each of these Directors bring vital expertise to our organization that is essential to the success of our mission; following in the footsteps of Emeritus Directors Ken Newman and Dave Kears, who precede them. Rich Leib will help us to navigate the rapidly changing political and policy climate, especially in California. Mike Goodwin will help us to address the radical ways technology can be deployed to enhance our operations, our business results, and our services.

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西瓜视频 2019 All Leader Conference

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In early November 2019, 西瓜视频 was honored to welcome Patrick Kennedy and Tom Insel, MD, as speakers at our All Leader Conference in Oakland, CA.

Our leadership staff were joined by a wonderful group of long-term 西瓜视频 customers, stakeholders, and family and consumer advocates, to think about the future of behavioral health 鈥 and how we can individually and collectively make our systems and services more powerful and empowering for the people we serve.

Our interactions with Patrick and Tom left us newly energized to rise to the challenge. We hope you feel the same way, too.

California Workforce Commission Final Report

Anne Bakar, 西瓜视频鈥檚 President and CEO, had the honor of being named a Commissioner of the California Future Health Workforce Commission at its inception in late 2017.

She is the only commissioner who brought a dedicated behavioral healthcare perspective to the Commission. In that capacity, she successfully advocated for specific behavioral health workforce recommendations that were included among the

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These include the following final recommendations:

  • Expand the number of psychiatric residency positions in the state. This would enable California to add 2,202 psychiatrists to its workforce by 2030. This effort is part of a larger priority to expand residency positions for both primary care and psychiatry. The investment required to complete this work is estimated at $1.562 billion over ten years. In ten years, California is currently expected to have 41% fewer psychiatrists than it needs. From a behavioral health perspective, this effort will be critical in helping California fill the gap in care with psychiatrists and other prescribers.

  • Develop a psychiatric nurse practitioner program that recruits and trains providers to serve in underserved rural and urban communities. This would enable California to provide treatment to more than 350,000 patients over five years.

  • Scale the engagement of peer providers through certification, training, and reimbursement. This would enable people with mental illness and substance use disorders to get support from people with lived experience, which supports better outcomes and promotes recovery and self-sufficiency.

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What鈥檚 Next for the Workforce Commission and the Final Recommendations?

The Commission has made its report (executive summary ) available to California鈥檚 Governor, legislators, media, and key stakeholders across many diverse systems, from education to healthcare, and beyond. Workforce Commissioners, including Anne, continue to be actively involved, advocating for the Commission鈥檚 recommendations around California.

The Commission is actively supporting and advocating for important pieces of legislation that can advance the identified behavioral health priorities. These include:

  • (): Establishing a peer certification process to enable people with lived experience of mental illness to help others

  • (): Letting nurse practitioners do the work they have been trained to do

Finally, the Commission has also recommended establishing a statewide infrastructure, starting in 2019, to implement the recommendations in partnership with stakeholders, monitor progress, and to adjust as needs and resources change.

What鈥檚 Next for 西瓜视频?

In her role as President and CEO of 西瓜视频, Anne Bakar leads a hands-on provider organization, with more than 3,700 staff members serving nearly 30,000 individuals per year with complex behavioral health needs. In this capacity, Anne has also been leading 西瓜视频鈥檚 efforts to implement strategies to build and enrich its own health workforce.

Some of these efforts include:

  • Establishing a to help recruit and manage our workforce of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other medical staff.

  • , which has been especially helpful in more rural areas

  • to help 西瓜视频 hire more than 2,000 new staff by 2020. Our plan includes not only hiring new staff, but cultivating leadership and growth for our existing staff at all levels.

  • Working to meet our goal of having two peer staff in all 西瓜视频 programs by 2020.

  • Creating a peer support job family and career ladder to foster personal growth into diverse roles from peer recovery specialists to peer teams leads, and more.

There is more work to do in the years ahead, but we are encouraged and optimistic to be taking steps toward improved care, increased access, and a more skilled, diverse staff who can deliver that care with compassion, confidence, and cultural humility.

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Mental Health Delivery: The Global Forefront

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), far left, hosts a forum at the state capitol on february 28, 2018. Photo by Sue Peri.

Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), far left, hosts a forum at the state capitol on february 28, 2018. .

On February 28, 西瓜视频鈥檚 President and CEO, , presented at Mental Health Delivery: The Global Forefront, a forum hosted by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) in partnership with the at the California state capitol. Anne鈥檚 presentation focused on system innovations that have been taken to scale in California as a result of MHSA and SB82 funding. In particular, she highlighted the success of Full Service Partnership programs (FSPs) and crisis programs which California counties have deployed in partnership with providers like 西瓜视频.

鈥淭he goal of the briefing was both to educate and inspire,鈥 . 鈥淲ith bold new leadership in key sectors of the mental health community, California stands at a pivotal juncture to transform and advance our own system of care. We believe there are lessons for our state in understanding how these innovators have succeeded in shifting the tide.鈥

In addition to Anne, the forum featured Dr. Roberto Mezzina, Director of the in Trieste, Italy; Dr. Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director of the in Canada; Dr. Pat McGorry, Executive Director of ; Dr. Anne Sullivan, Commissioner of the N.Y. State Office of Mental Health; Dr. Steven Adelsheim, Director of the ; and John Boyd, Chair of . In attendance were other state legislators, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), District 6 Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, and Sacramento鈥檚 Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Below is a brief summary of Anne鈥檚 presentation. You can view the entire forum video by , and download a copy of Anne鈥檚 presentation by .

Full Service Partnership (FSP) Programs

  • Funded by the MHSA and tied to specific outcomes, FSPs have dramatically contributed to reductions in hospitalizations, incarcerations and homelessness statewide. Statewide, approximately 30,000 individuals per year have been able to make strides in their recovery due to services funded by the MHSA.

  • Demonstrated success serving co-occurring and complex populations, including those with significant substance use and justice involvement.

  • Represents an innovative model which was taken to scale because of state leadership.

鈥淧ay for Success鈥

  • 西瓜视频 is honored to run the nation's first Pay for Success behavioral healthcare program, located in Santa Clara County, CA.

  • Introducing value-based performance measures into the behavioral health field

  • Has more than paid for itself through positive outcomes; over $500k to date contributed to the system of care.

SB82 Investment in Mental Health Wellness

  • Sponsored by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, SB82 provided both capital and operating state funds to create comprehensive systems of crisis services using proven program models.

  • These programs have been very successful reducing the need for emergency hospital care and discharging individuals back to their community setting.

  • 西瓜视频鈥檚 crisis residential and crisis stabilization programs in Riverside County are outstanding examples of how counties have deployed these funds creatively.


Growing the Mental Health Workforce: Building Capacity Through Innovation

Anne Bakar, 西瓜视频's President and CEO, presenting at the California Future Health Workforce Commission. Photo by the Steinberg Institute.

Anne Bakar, 西瓜视频's President and CEO, presenting at the California Future Health Workforce Commission. .

西瓜视频 CEO Anne Bakar, speaking as a commissioner and advocate for mental health policy, recently presented some the efforts of the at a special forum hosted by the and . The forum explored the challenges facing California鈥檚 mental health workforce and innovative strategies for rethinking and adapting traditional models of care. In attendance were representatives for leading policymakers, health organizations, hospital systems, research institutes, government agencies, mental health providers, and advocacy groups.

In addition to Anne, the forum featured presentations from Darrel Steinberg, Steinberg Institute founder and Mayor of Sacramento; Dr. Patrick Courneya, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Don Mordecai, National Leader for Mental and Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente; Joe Parks, M.D., Medical Director,; Karen Larsen, LMFT, Director, ; Beth Phoenix, RN, PhD, FAAN, Vice-Chair, Dept. of Community Health Systems, ; Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, UCSF School of Nursing; David Liu,  Faculty Physician, ; Scott Zeller, M.D., Vice President, Acute Psychiatric Medicine, ; & Seth Thomas, M.D., Director of Quality and Performance, Vituity; and Glen Moriarty, CEO and Founder, .

As a commissioner, Anne communicated the key Workforce Commission strategies that are being recommended for behavioral health:

  • Enhance behavioral health professions education
  • Support educational/career pipeline for unlicensed staff
  • Remove workforce licensing and technology barriers
  • Advance models of integrated care

Anne advocated specifically for legislation regarding:

  • Peer certification
  • Continuing MHSA Workforce Education and Training (WET) funding
  • Full scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NPs)

You can view the entire presentation by or scrolling through the slideshow to the above right. You can download the forum鈥檚 resources and agenda by .

Advocacy Efforts

西瓜视频鈥檚 President and CEO, Anne Bakar, is honored to be participating in the future-focused efforts of two important groups: The California Future Health Workforce Commission and the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity.

Anne is privileged to work alongside other leaders in the fields of health and mental health care, as well as state and national political leaders, as the groups plan, prepare for, and promote a new era of mental health equity, decreased stigma, and a robust, capable, diverse workforce.

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California Future Health Workforce Commission 

As we move further into the twenty-first century, the field of behavioral healthcare continues to advance alongside physical healthcare, requiring new skills, knowledge, and expertise. 西瓜视频's President and CEO, Anne Bakar, is honored and pleased to have the opportunity to serve as a California Future Health Workforce commissioner.

The Commission was funded by several large California healthcare foundations to develop a strategic plan to build the future healthcare workforce. This plan will include a set of practical short-, medium-, and longer-term solutions that can be adopted and implemented by the state, educational institutions, employers, and other stakeholders to address current and future gaps in the health workforce.

Along with other behavioral health leaders, Anne is also serving on the Behavioral Health Subcommittee to make recommendations to the broader Commission. As part of her work on the subcommittee, Anne is advocating for improvements such as enhanced behavioral health professions education, support for education and career development for unlicensed staff, removal of licensing and technology barriers for the future workforce, advancement of integrated care models, Peer Support Specialist Certification, and behavioral healthcare pay parity.

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Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity

(L-R): Ayanna Smith (MSM), Shemeka Dawson (MSM), Jerry Reed (NAB), Saul Levin (NAB), Joe Pyle (NAB), Anita Everett (NAB), Sharon Rachel (MSM), Glenda Wrenn (MSM), Patrick Kennedy, Arthur Evans (NAB), David Satcher, Nathaniel Counts (NAB), Mary Gilib鈥

(L-R): Ayanna Smith (MSM), Shemeka Dawson (MSM), Jerry Reed (NAB), Saul Levin (NAB), Joe Pyle (NAB), Anita Everett (NAB), Sharon Rachel (MSM), Glenda Wrenn (MSM), Patrick Kennedy, Arthur Evans (NAB), David Satcher, Nathaniel Counts (NAB), Mary Giliberti (NAB), Chirlaine McCray (NAB), Vivek Murthy (NAB), Anne Bakar (NAB), Eve Byrd (NAB), Carol McDaid (NAB), LeRoy Reese (MSM), Liz Camacho (MSM), Victor Ede (MSM), Megan Douglas (MSM), Sayon Cooper (MSM)

As the national conversation about healthcare continues to evolve, we must raise our voices and advocate for equal access, coverage, and care standards for mental healthcare.

The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity (KSCMHE) was jointly envisioned by the 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, and former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) to further discussion of the most important challenges and opportunities for advancing best practices and policies for people living with mental health and substance use disorders. Building on their longstanding relationship and shared commitment to promoting mental health parity and health equity for people living with mental health and substance use disorders, the Center, led by Director Glenda Wrenn, is a clear voice advocating for those we serve.

Anne Bakar is honored to serve on the , working closely with other national healthcare leaders to promote mental health equity on a national scale. The most recent Board meeting was held on November 27th, at the historic Morehouse School of Medicine.

Anne Bakar Honored by Alameda Board of Supervisors

(L-R) Supervisor Scott Haggerty, District 1; supervisor nate miley, District 4; Anne bakar, telecare president and ceo; supervisor wilma Chan, District 3; Supervisor Richard Valle, District 2. Not pictured: Supervisor Keith carson, District 5. 

西瓜视频 , was honored by the on January 9th, 2018, for her leadership in providing excellent mental health services in Alameda County.

Alameda County Board of Supervisors President, Wilma Chan, commended Anne for her strong advocacy for mental health, for her partnership with Alameda County since joining 西瓜视频 in 1987, and for her success in guiding 西瓜视频鈥檚 expansion through turbulent healthcare cycles over the years. During Anne's tenure, 西瓜视频 has grown from five Northern California inpatient programs in 1987, to more than 100 programs in eight states today.

Supervisor Chan also congratulated Anne on her for taking over as CEO of 西瓜视频 30 years ago and building the company into a 鈥渘ational powerhouse.鈥

Anne was also recognized by the Board of Supervisors for her work in numerous civic and community activities, including volunteering for the National Council of Behavioral Health, the World President鈥檚 Organization, and the Jewish Community Federation, and advising the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UCSF Benioff Children鈥檚 Hospital in Oakland, CA.

In closing, Anne addressed the Board of Supervisors, saying, 鈥淚t never would have been possible if I had not had the support of this board and the collaboration from this county. I want to genuinely thank you for your belief and support in making these types of programs happen.鈥

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西瓜视频 has partnered with Alameda County since the late 70鈥檚 to provide a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services. Anne Bakar led the organization鈥檚 successful expansion through turbulent healthcare cycles over the years. We are very, very proud to have worked with her and are really impressed with the 西瓜视频鈥檚 programs and the wonderful staff.
— Supervisor Wilma Chan, President
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Anne took 西瓜视频 and she turned it into something very special. And I know that her father is certainly looking down and is extremely proud of what Anne has built; but more importantly, he would be proud of the much-needed services that she (and 西瓜视频) provide on a daily basis to people that are in need. That was the mission of 西瓜视频. That鈥檚 why her father started the business, along with his partner. That鈥檚 what they wanted to do. They wanted to help people. And that鈥檚 been Anne鈥檚 focus since she took over the business with the passing of her father.
— Supervisor Scott Haggerty
In becoming familiar with 西瓜视频 and the staff and services that they provide to the mentally ill and other client populations, I鈥檝e really come to admire both her [Anne] and her family-owned business. We鈥檙e just really pleased that they鈥檙e here in Alameda County and I hope they continue to provide quality service well into the future.
— Supervisor Nate Miley
I鈥檝e had the privilege of having two good friends who were under your care at 西瓜视频, and both came back very positive. I appreciate that. I鈥檝e only been there [to 西瓜视频 programs] a couple of times and I look forward to visiting again. Congratulations.
— Supervisor Richard Valle, Vice President

Mission Priorities: Behavioral Health

By Anne Bakar, President & CEO

西瓜视频鈥檚 new mission statement is moving us forward on many fronts: , , and . But it鈥檚 also intended to move us forward in the care of people with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use issues.

At 西瓜视频, we estimate that at least 75% of the people we serve have a serious mental illness and a co-occurring substance use issue.
At least 75%.
That means that at least 75% of our clients are trying to manage two very daunting recovery challenges. At least 75% are at risk of having their health compromised and their lives cut short. At least 75% may be facing shame, stigma, and punitive program rules that make it hard for them to be honest about their lives and get the help they need.
It鈥檚 unacceptable.
Our new mission statement reflects our focus not just on mental illness but on substance use as well.
We are focusing on bridging systems and closing gaps in care by training our staff about evidenced-based approaches to integrated care. This includes things like motivational interviewing and recognizing there are 鈥渟tages of change鈥 in substance use recovery: times when clients are ready to consider treatment for their addiction and times when they are not.
In addition to training staff about new tools and interventions, we are introducing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to our practice. This is a vital intervention that we are well suited to provide as a professional organization with a wholly owned led by Dr. Jeff Gould. Consistent with this direction, we recently completed a pilot program on how detox could be accomplished through outpatient telemedicine.
In this month鈥檚 newsletter, you will learn more about how we are moving this aspect of our mission forward. You can read about our three-year SUDS plan, meet our new SUDS Director, and get more detail about these new approaches.
We hope you enjoy this preview, and we look forward to sharing our learning and growth.

Mission Priorities: Whole Person Care

By Anne Bakar, President & CEO

We hear so much about the need for integrated mental and physical healthcare these days, that we sometimes forget all the reasons why this is absolutely imperative for the wellness of individuals and communities.

It is not only the higher mortality rate among individuals with serious mental illness due to physical health issues that is cause for alarm. The concern is also rooted in the untreated mental illness that frequently underlies chronic health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, pain management, and addictions.

At 西瓜视频, our new mission statement is focused on building awareness of how these health problems overlap, as well as how we can treat them more effectively.

Historically, our recovery philosophy focused on helping those we serve to recover their hopes and dreams. And now, the language in our new mission statement speaks to engaging clients in recovering their 鈥渉ealth, hopes and dreams,鈥 a clear reference to the fact that recovery involves the whole person: body and mind.

We are operationalizing this new vision today primarily with an 鈥渆ducation initiative鈥 as our SVP of Operations, says. Through e-training, we are educating our 3,200+ employees on the physical health conditions that are most common among our members, as well as providing tools to support healthy lifestyle changes.

This month鈥檚 newsletter provides detailed information about our education curriculum, along with some profiles of how our leaders are thinking about this new mission and direction. We hope you enjoy this preview, and we look forward to sharing our learning and growth.


Mission Priorities: Complex Needs

Last month, we highlighted the ways we plan to enhance our focus on providing  services. This month, we continue our series with a deeper look into how we are expanding the scope of our services to include individuals with more complex needs.

By Anne Bakar, 西瓜视频 President & CEO

Over the past 30 years, 西瓜视频 has developed a specialized reputation for serving individuals with more serious and complex mental health needs. These are individuals that often come out of acute care settings or state hospitals, and have a hard time finding appropriate treatment in the community. These individuals frequently incur expensive system-wide costs due to repeated hospitalizations and/or incarcerations.

西瓜视频 has provided many successful interventions to serve individuals with complex needs through evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs, and our Recovery-Centered Clinical System (RCCS). These service models have reduced system-wide costs and have helped thousands of individuals each year regain their sense of hope, acquire stable housing, reduce their substance use, and move forward towards their educational or vocational aspirations.

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At the same time, our success in achieving these goals has been limited by our expertise in serving the whole person, whether their needs include justice involvement,
co-occurring substance use, developmental disabilities, or co-occurring physical health care problems. Our ongoing commitment to broaden our capacity to meet these needs is at the heart of our new mission statement when we reference engaging those with "complex needs."

This newsletter is specifically focused on justice-involved endeavors: How do we better serve individuals with serious and complex needs coming out of the criminal justice system?

We hope you enjoy hearing about some of our early work, and look forward to sharing our continued journey in this area of great national importance.  Please feel free to reach out to us and let us know your thoughts and ideas