Amie Miller, PsyD., Executive Director
Heading into the season of holidays means that soon we’ll all inevitably be taking stock of 2023 — what we’ve accomplished and how we should propel ourselves forward for next year. At CalMHSA, we are intently focused on our deep gratitude for the work your counties are doing and our mission to support you in as many ways as possible.
Last week we hosted nearly 300 county staff from around the state at a two-day conference for the EHR system we launched in July for 23 counties. We were heartened by the eagerness of your staff to learn, share, and help grow this important tool. As with all our collaborations with your departments, our philosophy centers around your feedback and guidance to shape our programs into solutions that allow you to do what you do best: care for the people in your communities.
Our team also took time last week to come together as a whole and zoom in on our own mission, on the “WHY” of our work on your behalf.
We talked about how systems like the EHR can revolutionize care for your clinicians and your clients; how creative workforce programs can ease the burden on your staff; how important it is for us to continue pressing forward to help reduce stigma and increase equity; and how managed care expertise can ultimately lead to communities where more people are thriving.
Central to building this clarity around our own programs was our appreciation of how you care for Californians who have the most serious mental health needs in the most dire of financial circumstances; do so much more than provide medications or shelter for individuals who are unhoused; and reveal glimmers of hope by helping people re-establish their connections to others.
Your profoundly meaningful work, day in and day out, inspires the entire CalMHSA team to continue innovating in every way we can, because we believe, as you do, in the value of revealing hope.
Thank you from all of us, for all you do.
November 20, 2023