“Profiles of Hope” showcases celebrities and inspirational people with lived experience with mental illness and MHA California Executive Director Rusty Selix joins Jennifer Whitney in our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment.

LACDMH Public Affairs Director Kathleen Piche’ joins us to discuss the Emmy nominated “Profiles of Hope” television series.  Hear clips from Emmy winner and General Hospital star Maurice Benard’s profile and find out why these kinds of positive, inspirational stories are so effective on the path to Hope, Wellness and Recovery.   Rusty Selix, Executive Director of MHA California and an author of Proposition 63 joins Jennifer Whitney in our Prop. 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment to explain the impact that Proposition 63 is making and the reasons Prevention and Early intervention is so important to dealing with mental illness.

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Show Recap:

Kathleen Pishay-Public Affairs Director of LA County Department of Mental Health

  • One in Four people may be diagnosed with mental illness
  • Profiles of Hope- Anti-Stigma campaign, including celebrities that have a mental illness. They tell their stories in 10 minute videos and show how you can be really successful and independent while working through a mental illness.
  • Some people believe that they are the only one going through the mental issues.
  • Personalities of Profiles of Hope include:
  • Maurice Bernard of General Hospital
  • Steve Peck CEO of US Vets
  • Mariette Hartley-actress and author
  • Clayton Chow- psychiatrist and Vietnamese refugee
  • Robert David Hall of CSI Las Vegas
  • Mia St. John-Latina boxer
  • Maurice Bernard- On Profiles of Hope
  • Rusty Selix-Executive Director of MHA California
  • The goals of prop 63 were to get treatment to the homeless with mental issues, families that gave up custody of children because they couldn’t get treatment. “Whatever it takes” to keep the children at home and to find treatment. Detection and Early Intervention receives 20% of the Prop 63 funds.
  • Qualitatively, Prop 63 is going just as planned. There are some reductions in homelessness.
  • Quantitatively they are not doing as well. Funding is hard to find do the recession. The hope for the future is bright.
  • The programs HAVE been helping so many people in California.
  • Catch people early on, educate them and their parents and primary care doctors. They can then get treatment and be on meds, so when the mental illness kicks in to the extreme, it will already be under control and they can life their life normally.
  • 5% goes to innovation, 20% goes to Prevention and Early Intervention. The bulk goes to the care of those that are in the greatest need


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