New Opportunities for COMIO. 

The Governor recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 811 which included a name change for COMIO – going forward we will be known as the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH). Along with this name change, and other language in the bill, come exciting benefits and new activities for 2018! In the coming months we will be updating our website and other materials to reflect our new name. CCJBH will be working on needed outreach and educational activities to spread the word about our name change and the deeper meaning it has for the scope of our work. Not only does this remove stigmatizing language from our title but is also directs the Council to also address the needs of those who receive substance use disorder (SUD) services that have been determined to be medically necessary. The bill also encourages future appointments to the council of those with lived experience in the criminal justice and/or behavioral health system. In the coming   We will be working hard to increase our knowledge and understanding of SUD treatment, co-occurring disorders, and how these issues impact our target population. Council members and staff are looking forward to new opportunities to strengthen partnerships and serve as a better resource to stakeholders and interested parties.



CCJBH (formerly known as COMIO) 16th Annual Legislative Report released!

The 2017 COMIO Annual Report examines behavioral health care and the justice-involved, including current promising programs to prevent incarceration and effectively expand the workforce in a cost-effective way. The report discusses the following topics:

  1. Behavioral health care and the justice-involved
  • California reforms to the criminal justice system have made behavioral health services a public safety issue
  • Health care reform provides enhanced behavioral health services and supports public safety
  • What can be done to maximize the benefit of behavioral health care for the justice-involved
  • California’s opportunity to design what works for the justice-involved with significant behavioral health challenges
  1. Building the capacity of the behavioral health workforce to reduce the incarceration of individuals with behavioral health challenges
  1. California counties and promising programs to prevent incarceration


January Meeting

The next CCJBH (formerly known as COMIO) meeting will include an Issue-Specific Workshop on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and a full Council Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Both meetings will be held at the location below:

Board of Parole Hearings
Executive Board Room
1515 K Street, 5th Floor, Suite 550
Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting Schedule




Realignment and Recidivism in California – Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Nationwide 2017 homeless count numbers broken down by region in U.S. – a brief prepared by Joe Colletti, PhD




The CMHPC released an issue paper, “Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs): Highlighting the critical need for adult residential facilities for adults with serious mental illness in California.” The paper presented some barriers and proposed remedies. The Council is committed to receiving stakeholder input on solutions to this complex issue. The CMHPC needs your input on the following two questions:

  1. What are other barriers, not addressed in the paper?

What are other ideas/solutions, not addressed in the paper?



A briefing held in Sacramento on November 27, 2017 examined the role of state agencies in combating the epidemic. Participants heard about different collaborative approaches, including promoting safer prescribing practices, expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction, and improving communication between prescribers and providers, among others.

Speakers included:

  • Jennifer Kent, director, DHCS
  • Lance Lang, MD, chief medical officer, Covered California
  • Tina Farales, administrator, CURES program, California Department of Justice
  • Karen Smith, MD, director, California Department of Public Health
  • Kelly Pfeifer, MD, director, High-Value Care, CHCF (moderator)

Click the image above to watch a video of the briefing.


ISMICC 2017 Report to Congress.

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) released its 2017 Report to Congress. The report, The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers, shines the spotlight on critical issues and services for Americans with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and serious emotional disturbances (SED), and the importance of concerted efforts by the federal government to address their needs.

Download Full Report

Download Executive Summary


The Priced Out report, co-authored by TAC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force, documents the nationwide housing affordability crisis experienced by people with disabilities. In 2016, millions of adults with disabilities living solely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) found that renting even a modest unit in their community would require nearly all of their monthly income. In hundreds of higher-cost housing markets, the average rent for such basic units is actually much greater than the entirety of an SSI monthly payment. There are proven solutions to the crisis – read our policy recommendations to learn more.

Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities is free and available for downloading. On the same page, you’ll find an interactive tool that allows you to see how the crisis looks in your own state’s housing markets, plus other helpful resources.
Priced Out – Fact Sheet


Communities in Crisis: Local Responses to Behavioral Health Challenges.

As the opioid and mental health crises continue to gain national attention, local leaders are stepping up to implement programs to address the prevalence and impact of untreated serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD). In a new report supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Manatt Health explores how cities and counties have launched local initiatives to address the human and economic impact of untreated SMI and SUD.

The new report provides detailed profiles of 13 local programs, as well as a comprehensive taxonomy to categorize program elements and features. It describes efforts that train law enforcement officials and other first responders in de-escalation tactics, deliver therapeutic treatment in jails, and create criminal justice diversion programs that direct individuals away from incarceration and toward treatment, housing and therapeutic and social support services.


Update to State Health Information Guidance.

The California Office of Health Information Integrity has posted a revised version of the State Health Information Guidance, known as the SHIG.

The SHIG was updated January 2018. While the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) received positive responses following its publication, we also received constructive feedback and observations from our readers regarding opportunities to improve the clarity and accuracy of the guidance.

As a result, CalOHII updated the SHIG to address this feedback and incorporate recent legislative changes. In addition, we undertook a thorough state legal review and analysis. Our goal was to improve the clarity and ease of use for the SHIG reader.

The previous version of the SHIG should be discarded and replaced in full with this updated version.Note that this updated SHIG includes a date reference in the footer of all pages ensuring readers/users are referencing the most current version. We strongly encourage all users of the SHIG to read this version in its entirety and, as always, to consult with your legal counsel if you have questions.

View the Revised SHIG

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