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Closing Mental Health Awareness Month in Conversation and Collaboration


  • Leaders from Lake, Napa, Solano, Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties (representing hospitals, county government, local and state emergency medical services agencies, law enforcement, and community-based health care organizations) 
  • Leadership from Partnership HealthPlan of California 
  • Representatives of the California Department of Healthcare Services 


The Sonoma County Department of Health Care Services, in partnership with Hospital Council and Dartmouth College’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, has invited behavioral health leaders from across northern California to participate in facilitated discussions on May 30 in Santa Rosa, following the successful 2023 Sonoma County community collaborative on behavioral health (BH). These leaders represent hospitals, counties, law enforcement, emergency medical service agencies, the Partnership HealthPlan of California, the California Department of Healthcare Services, community not-for-profits, federally qualified health centers, and more.  

The conversations will cover the BH crisis, innovations in BH care, legislative and policy updates, and will also highlight one developing community collaborative in Sonoma County. Attendees will engage in discussions, plan future collaborations, and leave feeling energized and inspired.   

Takeaway/Next Steps

The growing momentum at the state level to address the BH care crisis in California has provided crucial financial support for enhanced infrastructure. However, the mission and ongoing efforts will only succeed through strong community-level engagement and leadership. This responsibility, especially in rural areas, transcends county lines. By inviting neighboring communities to join this vital discussion, Sonoma County is embracing a leadership role in community care and creating a replicable model for other counties to follow.


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