In response to President Obama’s call for a national conversation to increase understanding of and awareness about mental health, in July 2013, Sacramento held the first National Dialogue on Mental Health — Creating Community Solutions.
The event launched an effort to develop a mental health action plan for Sacramento County by collecting input from more than 300 community members, including youth.
After that community dialogue, a planning committee developed a mental health action plan for Sacramento County to address the mental health issues that were raised.
In March 2014, The Center announced the selection of the Sacramento County Office of Education to facilitate implementation of the action plan, in partnership with Mental Health America of Northern California and Converge CRT.
On May 2, 2014, more than 75 individuals representing community-based organizations, education, law enforcement and other public agencies, youth and young adults came together to launch the implementation phase of the Sacramento Creating Community Solutions Network. The Network created four action teams and a coordinating council, which met monthly.
The Sacramento Creating Community Solutions Network was part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health. The Center managed the project, with funding from The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Sierra Health Foundation. The California Wellness Foundation provided additional funding to support the planning process.