UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

October 2017 Newsletter 

Events | Policy | News | Giving

Removing the Stigma

Thanks to everyone who came out last Tuesday for Dr. Hinshaw's inspiring talk about his family's journey with mental illness and ways to remove the stigma.  If you missed it, click the play button below to watch the recording. 

12th Annual Psychotic Disorders Conference

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Hilton Sacramento Arden West, Sacramento, CA

Psychosis: Understanding Your Treatment Options

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
UC Davis Health, Education Building Lecture Hall 1222
Psychosis conference
This community education event aims to give care providers, community members, and consumers knowledge of treatment options available for individuals experiencing psychosis. 

The University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Register Here

Mental Health Policy

AB 154 (Levine): "Prisoners: Mental Health Treatment" was vetoed by the governor on September 25.
AB 1315 (Mullin): "Mental health: early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention" was signed by the governor on October 2. The legislation creates a program called "EPI Plus' to prioritize early intervention throughout the state.  
SB 323 (Mitchell): "Medi-Cal: federally qualified health centers and rural health centers: Drug Medi-Cal and specialty mental health services" was signed by the governor on October 6. This allows FQHCs and RHCs to receive reimbursement for providing substance use disorders services and specialty mental health services.
AB 470 (Arambula): "Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: performance outcome reports" was signed by the governor on October 7 and will require the California Department of Health Care Services to publish performance outcomes for specialty mental health services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
AB 340 (Arambula): "Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening" was signed by the governor on October 12 and prioritizes early detection and treatment of childhood trauma. 
AB 501 (Ridley-Thomas): "Mental health: community care facilities" was signed by the governor on October 12 to expand children's crisis residential services. 
AB 1340 (Maienschein): "Continuing medical education: mental and physical health care integration" was signed by the governor on October 13. It requires the Medical Board of California to consider requiring a course on the integration of physical and mental health care in primary care. 

Mental Health Makes the Headlines

New UC Davis study shows blocking Oxytocin (the "love hormone") in mice can reduce social anxiety.
UC Davis Assistant Professor of Sociology, Caitlin Patler, and UC Merced Assistant Professor, Whitney Pirtle, collaborated on a new study that shows immigration status has an impact on people's health and psychological well-being.   

Make a Difference for Mental Health

Your contribution to the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence enables advancements in research, mental health care and policy to improve the lives of those touched by mental illness. Consider making an online tax-deductible gift today. For additional giving opportunities or funding priorities, please contact Jennifer Scott, director of development, at jescott@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-5304. Thank you!
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