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Aging and Older Adult Committee

The Aging and Older Adult Committee was created as a permanent committee of the Consolidated Planning Advisory Workgroup (CPAW) at its meeting of January 7, 2010. The charge of the committee is as follows:

  • Focus on the Mental Health needs, the health and well being of the aging and older adult population.
  • To assure that the Charge must be, Mental Health, medically and culturally competent and accessible Mental Health services are provided for the Aging and Older Adult population.
  • Support seniors by providing a full array of services that supports healthy and engaged living.
  • To be the voice for the most invisible and underserved.
  • To develop and create a Mental Health continuum of services meeting the highly specialized needs of the Older Adult population.

Capital Facilities & Technology Needs Committee

The charge of the Capital Facilities and Technology Needs Committee as approved by CPAW on April 1, 2010, is to bring equitable diverse stakeholder perspectives to the design for both components (Capital Facilities & Technology Needs) including, increased access to services in order to help transform the mental health system.

Data Committee

The Data Committee was created as a permanent committee of the Consolidated Planning Advisory Workgroup (CPAW) at its meeting of July 16, 2009. The charge of the Data Committee is to review the fiscal and outcome reports (FSP baseline, post enrollment; FSP housing; supportive housing; MHSA expenditure summary) and report back on implications or issues regarding this data. The Data Committee also is charged with recommending future markers or indicators needed for MHSA evaluation (such as the FSP survey), and recommending ways that reports can become more user friendly.

Housing Committee

The need for a mental health related Housing Committee became clear during MHSA planning processes including community program planning. Mental health stakeholders had many questions about the types and array of housing available, restrictions to obtaining housing, etc. While there are other county-wide housing/homeless committees, the MHSA Consolidated Planning and Advisory Workgroup (CPAW) realized there was great community interest in all things related to housing for clients with mental disabilities. Anticipating that there was a need to not only provide education and information to the public around availability of housing for this population, CPAW agreed at their meeting of September 17, 2009, that a permanent MHSA Housing Committee be created, with the following charge:

  • To move forward, see opportunities for advocacy, be innovative, develop partnerships;
  • To inform and disseminate information on mental health housing for consumers and family;
  • To provide direction for and assistance in presenting a "Housing 101" curriculum and glossary;
  • To provide ongoing input to the Mental Health Housing Coordinator related to meeting housing needs for Contra Costa County mental health consumers and families.

Innovation Workgroup

The Innovation Workgroup is an ad hoc committee of the Consolidated Planning Advisory Workgroup (CPAW), and meets as needed. The Innovation Workgroup is comprised of members appointed from CPAW, and represent mental health consumers, family members, providers and others. Members of the public are welcome to attend Innovation Workgroup meetings, and are given an opportunity to provide public comment and input during the meeting.

The Workgroup was charged with (revised 9/2/10):
Establish a process for submission and review of innovation ideas

  • Attend Innovation Committee meetings.
  • Recommend Committee membership and identify Committee membership gaps.
  • Come up with a process for evaluating ideas (original and ongoing).
  • Review originally submitted and new ideas.
  • Recommend priorities (original and ongoing) to CPAW.
  • Suggest implementation process (e.g., RFP/RFI/staff run).
  • Recommend innovation ideas to CPAW for submission to the Mental Health Director.
  • Review proposed plans sent to the State for approval.

Review Projects and Outcomes

  • Review project outcomes and learning goals on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Liaison with the Data Committee.
  • Liaison with Innovation Project Managers.
  • Recommend to CPAW post-project actions and sustainability options.

Once funding is approved and allocated to the Mental Health Division, it is recognized that Innovation projects may be generated based upon the planning process established, and the approved Innovation Plan. It was acknowledged that many of the initial innovative ideas may create the need for an ongoing and cyclical process for approval of future Innovation projects. The time-limited nature of the Innovative Projects (as established by the State DMH Guidelines) will result in new projects being implemented in the future.