spring webinar series


The purpose of this webinar series is to highlight underserved and vulnerable populations and offer participants the current knowledge about effective services and treatment for these populations. The aim of this series is to facilitate discussion that inspires positive change. This series of four webinars begins with the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity’s overview of the definition of health equity and the State of California’s plan to promote health and mental health equity for all Californians.  In the following webinars, experts will discuss evidence-based services and treatments for specific underserved communities. 

February 22, 2017: 3pm-4pm PST: Increasing Access through Reducing Disparities (Watch now) 

March 15, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Approaches to Culturally Informed Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments for Asian Americans (Register)

April 13, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Making The Invisible Visible: Addressing The Mental Health Needs of Those with Developmental Disabilities (Register)

May 11, 2017: 11am-12pm PST: Promoting Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth: Evidence-Based Practices and Promising Strategies (Register)

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UC Davis Symposium-- Serving Early Psychosis Populations: Evidence-Based Practices & Systems

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm
Marriott Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y Street, Sacramento, CA 95817


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This one-day Symposium brings together decision makers, providers, consumers, family members, and researchers to exchange ideas and information about evidence-based practices and systems serving early psychosis populations.  We will cover a diverse set of topics including pathways into care, statewide approaches to providing services, addressing the needs of diverse populations, and funding approaches.  We hope you will join in on the dialogue.


Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

Before, During and After: Successes and Challenges in the Delivery of Early Psychosis Treatment: The NY Experience

Learning Objectives:


  • To understand the role of duration of untreated psychosis in outcomes in schizophrenia
  • To identify bottlenecks in the pathway to care for individuals with early psychosis


  • To understand the components and outcomes of coordinated specialty care
  • To identify important gaps in knowledge about treatment for early psychosis


  • To understand what is known about follow-up studies of specialized early psychosis services.
  • To identify the challenges for providing optimal follow-up care.


Tamara Sale, M.A., director of the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence at Portland State University Regional Research Institute. Ms. Sale was responsible for the development and implementation of early psychosis services in Oregon, starting with a five-county regional program in 2001 and statewide dissemination beginning in 2007.

Integrating the Evidence in an Evolving System of Care:  Oregon's Experience

Learning Objectives:

This session will describe frequently misunderstood or overlooked aspects of early psychosis knowledge translation initiated from the perspective of community mental health systems and policy makers.

Participants will gain knowledge about:

  • How mission and problem definition differ between a community perspective and research perspective and how this impacts implementation
  • Common sources of confusion and ethical concern in translating the early psychosis evidence base into community practice
  • Developing a statewide system and framework for improvement
  • Opportunities presented by recent national developments
  • Ongoing challenges and opportunities for cross-state collaboration


UCLA Conference: The Way Forward

Advancing Mental Health Equity Under the Mental Health Services Act: From Research to Practice and Policy

Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30am - 5:00pm
UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

More information here. 

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