Capitol Weekly presents: California’s Mental Health Crisis

06oct9:00 am2:00 pmCapitol Weekly presents: California’s Mental Health CrisisJoin Capitol Weekly for California’s Mental Health Crisis, an online Conference hosted by Capitol Weekly, Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Event Details

Our annual look at health care in the Golden State focuses on California’s escalating mental health crisis.

State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman will deliver the Keynote.

This event will be hosted on ZOOM from 9AM – 2:00PM, Wednesday, Oct. 6. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please click on the title of each Panel you wish to sign up for.

9:00AM – 10:15AM: Panel 1: Origins of California’s Mental Health Crisis and Long Term Solutions

Our panelists will examine the origins of California’s mental health crisis and discuss long term solutions to the problem.

Moderated Angela Hart of Kaiser Health News
Panelists: Elaine Batchlor, MLK Community Healthcare; former Sen. Jim BeallMichelle Doty Cabrera, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California; one more TBA

10:30AM – 11:30AM: Panel 2: Compelling Treatment – Balancing Individual Rights and ‘Grave Disability’

Respecting personal autonomy while providing treatment is one of the most vexing issues in treatment of severe mental illness and addiction. Our panelists will look at this legal and ethical balancing act.

Moderated by Sigrid Bathen of Capitol Weekly

Panelists: Bridgette Dean, Sacramento Department of Community Response; Santa Clara County Mental Health Court Judge Stephen ManleyAl Rowlett, Turning Point Community Programs; Brian Stettin, Treatment Advocacy Center

Noon – 12:40PM KEYNOTE: Sen. Susan Eggman

Introduced by John Howard, Capitol Weekly

1:00PM – 2:00PM: Panel 3: Mental Health in the COVID Era

The CDC reports that many Americans, especially younger adults, minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers, are experiencing negative mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and other impacts as a result of the stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will look at how we are addressing these concerns, and what remains to be done.

Moderated by author Dan Morain

Panelists: Melanee Cottrill, California Association of School Psychologists (Invited); Jessica Cruz, National Association of Mental Illness; Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency; one more TBA

For Registration questions contact Jyoti Alexander at (916) 444 7665 or

For questions about content, please contact John Howard at (916) 444-7665 or



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