If you want a fascinating look into the thinking of experts in the state of California about how to improve the mental health service delivery system in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, check out this article in California Healthline. They interviewed experts and lawmakers, including: State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senate President Pro Tempore; Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Author, Excellence in Mental Health Act; Rusty Selix, Executive director, Mental Health Association in California; Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Author AB 48, proposing ammunitions sales regulation; Jessica Cruz, Executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, California; and Steven Segal, Director, Mental Health and Social Welfare Research Group, UC-Berkeley. All interviewed were asked the same question - "How should policymakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. respond to the public debate triggered by the killing of 26 people at an elementary school?" The responses illuminate the complexities of this important issue and raise the question - Should California be the the model for a national mental health system?
Read on and let us know what you think.