Message from the Executive Director

Reviewing Accomplishments, Looking Toward New Challenges

Amie Miller, PsyD., Executive Director 

With the 2023-24 fiscal year behind us, we’ve compiled an annual report of the major initiatives that our team, working with your teams, has tackled just since last July. It’s an impressive set of achievements that highlights our collective resolve for improving behavioral health delivery. 

From launching the semi-statewide electronic health record system to expanding the number of certified Peers to more than 3,500, reimagining the statewide Take Action campaign and forging new paths through payment reform, our growth continues to be driven by your mission to care for the most vulnerable Californians. 

Over the past year, we’ve focused the majority of our effort on transforming behavioral health through IT, strengthening the workforce, supporting the care you provide, and improving operations and measuring performance. Some highlights you’ll find in the report: 

  • An EHR that’s used in 25 counties and extends to 35% of Medi-Cal beneficiaries 
  • In addition to more than 3,500 Peers certified, 17 new training providers approved and nearly 3,500 scholarships processed 
  • More than $7.6M in Workforce Education and Training funding for 626 recipients 
  • Social media ads that reached 10 million people during Mental Health Awareness Month 
  • 88,000 individual and family sessions delivered through CalHOPE 
  • A Full-Service Partnership program that improves stable housing and decreases psychiatric admissions for participants 
  • 1,500 providers credentialed through a new credentialing program 
  • More than 21,000 hospitalizations reviewed through a concurrent review and authorization program 
  • 271 Descriptive Analysis reports to support data-informed decisions around BHQIP Performance Improvement Project interventions across 39 counties   
  • A new project to calculate nine HEDIS measures annually for counties that run Mental Health Plans and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Plans, and five measure for counties that run Mental Health Plans and Drug Medi-Cal State Plans 

We are bolstered by these highlights and outcomes, and we hope you will also find them inspiring. The work we do is complex and can be daunting, but it is vital, and together we’re making inroads.  

With the new fiscal year upon us, CalMHSA has already begun to take on new challenges, always adjusting our lens to remain focused on the perspective that best serves you and public behavioral health in California. 





June 27, 2024