Public asked to weigh in on mental health services for immigrants

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Richmond Memorial Auditorium

The community is invited to participate in a public forum in Richmond to discuss how to best use state funding to provide mental health services to immigrant communities.

The forum is set for Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Residents will have an opportunity to express what’s needed in terms of mental health services for immigrants. The discussions will help inform future use of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding.

Currently, the Contra Costa County MHSA budget provides $51.6 million to more than 80 mental health programs and services.

“Forum goals include identifying service needs, priorities and strategies to inform the county’s MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan for fiscal years 2020-2023,” according to Contra Costa Behavioral Health Services (CCBHS), a division of Contra Costa Health Services.

The forum, hosted by CCBHS, will include an overview of how MHSA works and how funding is currently used in the county.

All members of the public are welcome. RSVP to attend a forum by emailing [email protected] – please include “MHSA Forum” in the subject line – or by telephoning (925) 957-2617.

Attendees may also mail RSVPs to MHSA, 1220 Morello Avenue, Suite 100, Martinez, CA 94553.