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May 20, 2019

PolicyMatters: Hope on the Horizon? Reimagining Mental Health in California

The California Endowment, Sacramento CA

Hope on the Horizon? Reimagining Mental Health in California
Monday, May 20
Noon to 1:30pm
The California Endowment
1414 K St, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814

Governor Gavin Newsom has cast himself as a champion for mental health. The state’s current mental healthcare system has fallen short, he says, not for lack of funding, but for lack of leadership, strategic vision and political will. Many advocates and leaders are now expressing hope that significant improvements might be made to fix the state’s “broken” mental health system. What do those changes look like? And what specific steps can we take to get there? Join us for a discussion with some of the state’s leading voices on this important issue.

  • State Senator Jim Beall (15-Campbell): Lawmaker and leader in the California Legislature on mental health issues.
  • Thomas Insel, MD:Former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and current president of Mindstrong Health, an innovator working to transform brain health through science and earlier detection and treatment.
  • Alex Briscoe: Former director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and one of the chief architects of the California Children’s Trust campaign to redesign children’s mental health care.
  • Kerry Morrison: Former executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellowship grantee, studying innovative systems of care in Trieste, Italy, with the idea of possibly implementing something similar in Los Angeles. 
  • Kelechi Ubozoh: Mental health advocate, suicide survivor and writer. She was invited along with suicide loss survivors, therapists, and researchers to present recommendations to California’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan.

Moderated by: CALmatters Reporter Jocelyn Wiener

CALmatters reports on mental health in California in a continuing series.

The event is underwritten by the California Health Care Foundation.

May 13, 2019

Police Misconduct and Transparency in California with First Amendment Coalition

Capitol Event Center, Sacramento CA

As national attention toward police misconduct grows, California lawmakers are seeking greater accountability for officers, in part by dramatically changing the laws governing public access to police files. Last year’s SB 1421 requires police departments to release once-secret records related to police misconduct and shootings, sparking legal battles across the state. In July, police departments will be required to release body camera footage of “critical incidents” involving the use of force. And a pending bill would impose stricter rules on when police can use deadly force.

Join us and First Amendment Coalition for a discussion that will explore the policies, the legal battles and the perspectives raised by these recent changes.

Thomas Peele, Investigative Reporter, Bay Area News Group and Co-Founder, California Reporting Project

David Snyder, Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition

David P. Mastagni, Partner, Mastagni Holstedt

State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), SB 1421 Author

Laurel Rosenhall, California Capitol Reporter, CALmatters

Mar 21, 2019

California Education Chief Tony Thurmond with CALmatters K-12 Education Reporter Ricardo Cano

The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco CA

Tony Thurmond, California Superintendent of Public Instruction
In Conversation with Ricardo Cano, K–12 Education Reporter, CALMatters

Education Week magazine reported in 2017 that among all states, California’s K–12 public education ranked 41st in conditions that help children succeed, 39th in school finance and 30th in achievement. So what can we expect in 2019?

In a major upset against his opponent Marshall Tuck, Tony Thurmond was elected California State Superintendent of Public Instruction this past November. He was the endorsed candidate of the California Democratic Party and all five 2018 California Teachers of the Year. He previously represented the 15th Assembly District, which encompasses the northern East Bay. Thurmond became the second African-American to hold the office and fourth African-American to win statewide office in California following Wilson Riles. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, he was a member of the Richmond City Council, a board member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District and social services administrator. Come hear his plans for improving California’s schools.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Notes: In association with Commonwealth Club

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Nov 16, 2018

California Dream Mayors’ Forum on Homelessness and Housing

California Secretary of State Building Auditorium, Sacramento CA

Join us on Friday, November 16 for a wide-ranging conversation with the mayors of four of California’s largest cities about our crisis in homelessness and housing. Hear what they’re doing at a local level and what else they think California can do to help those struggling to get by.

Sep 12, 2018

California is a global model for climate policy. Should it be?

Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco CA

This CALmatters PolicyMatters panel discussion will explore the state’s ambitious and experimental policies to reduce greenhouse gases. What’s worked? What hasn’t? And will the policies continue under a new governor and legislature?