New Webinar Series
January – May 2023 • Various Dates
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PT
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to counties to expand and develop mental health services for children, transition age youth, adults, and older adults. Also known as “Proposition or Prop 63”, California voters passed the MHSA in 2004 to expand and transform mental health services in California to provide a better coordinated and more comprehensive system of care for those with serious mental illness and their families. The MHSA addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention, and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology, and training elements that effectively support the public behavioral health system. This series will focus on how counties and communities can effectively use MHSA funds to effectively support a broad array of community services.
Complete the Series Topics
- About the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
January 26 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
- How to Use MHSA Funding for Housing
February 23 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
- How to Use MHSA Funding for Youth/Foster Care Services
March 23 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
- How to Use MHSA Funding for Enhancing FSPs
April 27 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
- How to Use MHSA Funding for Substance Use Disorder Services
May 25 • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT
Meet the Presenters
Danny Offer joined Platinum Advisors in 2011 and has been NAMI CA’s legislative advocate for the last 3 years. He has more than a decade of experience in various capacities working for local governments including Alameda, Orange, San Bernardino, the City and County of San Francisco, and Ventura Counties. He regularly testifies before committees; lobbies legislators, and state officials on legislation, the budget, and regulations; advises NAMI CA on policy development and strategies; collaborates and coordinates with mental health stakeholders on common areas of interest; and communicates information, impacts, and context to NAMI CA’s family members and loved ones.
Danny is a family member himself who came to NAMI over a decade ago when he and his mother began attending NAMI Sacramento family support groups. He is driven by a desire to serve as an interpreter and a navigator for an extremely complex bureaucracy so that we all can become better advocates for those that we love.
Angela Brand (she/her) is an experienced behavioral health professional with a history of work in the public and private sector focused on programming, community engagement, advocacy, training and workforce development to support consumers, family members, youth, and communities. Her passion includes working with peers, families, and youth to support dynamic and meaningful involvement in all aspects and levels of decision making to develop systems that improve access to care through community based and recovery focused programs that are reflective of and responsive to the needs of the diverse populations. She is currently the Associate Project Director of the CARE TA Center. Prior to that she worked for NAMI California, Mental Health America California, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and United Advocates for Children and Families. Her areas of special interest include peer support, trauma informed care, prevention, early intervention, and education. Her work is driven by a passion to support systems that improve access to care through community based and recovery focused programs that are reflective of and responsive to the needs of diverse populations. Ms. Brand holds a degree in Sociology from Arizona State University, with emphasis on how the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and gender impact social justice issues.