INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MENTAL HEALTH
Innovation projects provide opportunities to test out new approaches. They are funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and administered locally through Ventura County Behavioral Health.
Innovation projects are new and creative mental health approaches that are designed to be learned from. They have a fixed length with a clear beginning and end, and are carefully evaluated. It's a chance to try out new directions that might inform current and future mental health services in communities.
The current state and local priorities for mental health services are:
- Transitional Age Youth, ages 16-25 (TAY)
- Criminal Justice
- School-based Programs
- Improved Access
- Prevention of Co-occurring Disorders
INNOVATION PROJECT CATEGORIES
Innovation projects must address at least one of these areas:
a) Increase access to mental health services for underserved groups
b) Increase the quality of mental health services, including measurable outcomes
CURRENT INNOVATION PROJECTS
Healing the Soul – Curando el Alma
Explores the possibility of uniting traditional and western healing approaches for the Mixteco Indigenous population.
Children’s Accelerated Access to Treatment and Services (CAATS)
Provides a comprehensive intake and mental health treatment for all youth entering the child welfare system in an accelerated timeframe.
Suicide Prevention - Bartenders as Gatekeepers
Training for bartenders and alcohol servers in suicide prevention and intervention
Reminders for youth and adults discharging from hospitals or crisis stabilization services, offering text messaging assessment, connection, and appointments.
Conocimiento: Addressing ACEs through Core Competencies
Prevention program aiming to utilize community collaboration to reduce adverse outcomes in adolescents living in poverty or with ACES by increasing core competencies and building resilience.
Do you have an Innovation Project idea?
- Which innovation category is your project most relevant to?
- Which innovation priority does it address?