The WMHPC was committed to investigating the well-being of
girls in local juvenile justice systems, and has proposed a set
of activities that will assist local decision makers in
developing appropriate sets of interventions and strategies to
improve mental health services for those girls.
Women under 40, girls and many multi-cultural groups, in
California, were less likely than males to receive mental
health services. This finding was consistent for the Medi-Cal
population, the population served through the Chapter 26.5
Special Education mandate and the public mental health
population as a whole. Yet, research had found that mental
disorders affected women and men almost equally.
The Any Door is the Right Door curriculum,
originally created with funding from the California Department
of Mental Health, was a unique hands-on, multi-disciplinary
eight-hour training designed for front-line staff and
administrators who were working with women with multiple
vulnerabilities: mental health, domestic violence, and/or
substance abuse. CEU’s were available for an additional fee.
The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council was the
lead organization in a collaborative developed to address the
treatment of women and families with the co-occurrence of
domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health problems.
Transition-age youth in the mental health system was defined as
those youth between the ages of 14-25 who had been in the
children’s mental health system and may be transitioned or
moved out of the Children’s System of Care into the Adult
System of Care, or who may not have be eligible for any public
services as they reach adulthood.
The California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council’s advocacy
strategy was founded in the strong belief that integration of
health and social services and multidisciplinary collaboration
was critically important in improving the lives and health
status of many of the underserved women and families in
California. The WMHPC worked with a variety of advocacy
groups to develop a mental health, and particularly and women’s
mental health priority into their advocacy agenda.