BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports the availability of comprehensive behavioral health care, which includes both mental health and substance use disorder, for all residents of Alameda County regardless of their ability to pay for those services in order to foster the well-being of residents individually and the community in general.
Position In Brief: 

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports the availability of comprehensive behavioral health care, which includes both mental health and substance use disorder, for all residents of Alameda County regardless of their ability to pay for those services in order to foster the well-being of residents individually and the community in general.

Position History: 

Adopted:        1970 (H)                                                         Updated:      2000 (EA)

Updated:        1974 (H)                                                         Updated:      2005 (EA)

Consensus:  1990 (EA)                                                      Updated:      2017 (EA)

                                                          BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES

The League of Women Voters of the Eden Area supports the availability of comprehensive behavioral health care, which includes both mental health and substance use disorder, for all residents of Alameda County regardless of their ability to pay for those services in order to foster the well-being of residents individually and the community in general.

 

Policies to Promote:

a)  Implementation of legislation and regulations that provide community-based behavioral health care while respecting the integrity of neighborhoods.

 

b)  A three-tiered module approach consisting of prevention, early intervention and follow-up therapy for patients of all ages with emphasis placed on meeting the needs of children, veterans and the elderly.  Behavioral health care that is integrated with, and achieves parity with, physical health care.

 

c)  Access for all people to affordable, quality in- and quality-out patient behavioral health care, including needed medications and supportive services. Appropriate level of treatment of patients in their local environment when possible.

 

d)  Access to safe and stable housing for people with behavioral health challenges, including those who are chronically homeless.

 

e)  Effective re-entry planning and follow-up for people returning from military service and/or released from both behavioral health hospitalization and the criminal justice system.

 

f)  Expansion of the number and/or capacity of quality facilities in all communities to provide necessary follow-up and continuous care for the mentally ill, particularly those who have been hospitalized and/or need custodial care.

 

g)  Problem solving or specialty courts, including mental health and drug courts, in all judicial districts to provide needed treatment and avoid entry into the criminal justice system.

 

h)  Use of sliding fee scale to ensure that community health care clinics serve all residents in need of behavioral health care services.

 

i)  Support requirement of appropriate level of training and oversight for providers of behavioral health care services, providing families and local residents with access to agencies and providing oversight to insure that proper care and maintenance is being provided.

 

j)  Support living wages as minimal compensation paid to behavioral health care providers.

 

k)  Support collaboration of local community health care service providers with related agencies and neighboring community-based organizations to meet the behavioral health care needs of all residents; support funding sources for the purpose of collaboration.

 

l)  Support legislation and applications for grants that increase funding for improved behavioral health care services and reduces out-of-pocket costs for medication for behavioral health care patients.

 

m)  Support development of local resources promoting publicly accessible behavioral health education from early childhood throughout life that integrates all aspects of social, emotional and physical health and wellness. 

 

n)  Support development of local resources and access to legal assistance to address family needs.

 

o)  Support efforts to decrease the stigmatization of, and normalize, behavioral health problems and care.

 

p)  Eliminate barriers and disparities for providing necessary behavioral health care services for all populations, including those with disabilities, those whose primary language is not English, and those of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

 

q)  Support effective implementation of evidence-based best practices and support research in behavioral health care.

 

r)  Support evaluation of health care providers’ performance through measurement processes to assess effectiveness and improvement where needed.

 

s) Support full implementation and monitoring of Laura’s Law, as well as other programs and initiatives at the state and local levels, which protect availability of care.

 

t)  Support Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other programs and initiatives at the federal level, which protect and enhance patients’ rights and availability of care.

 

u) Promote and support programs and studies that advocate on behalf of children and those in the criminal justice system who are mentally ill.

Issues: 
League to which this content belongs: 
The Eden Area