Archive for April 5, 2015

April Meeting to focus on Mental Health

The American River Democrats will be welcoming Rose King, a special guest speaker who will educate update us on the progress and status of mental health care in California, especially in light of 2004’s Proposition 63, which was intended to dramatically improve the situation in California.

Ms. King has an extensive background in California government and politics, going back to the 1970’s, working with figures such as Nancy Pelosi, Leo McCarthy, and Bill Lockyer.

She was a principal co-author of Prop 63, a family member of individuals with serious mental illness, and served on numerous Boards of Directors related to community mental health, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness of California. As a consultant to then-Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Rose worked to establish the structure and role of the new Prop 63 Commission during Lockyer’s term on the OAC, and to analyze and promote effective MHSA/Prop 63 implementation policies.

She is an active mental health advocate, political advisor, and an outspoken critic of the state’s mental health policies—specifically advocating an end to discrimination against mental health in MediCal insurance that denies parity with physical health care. She is an independent lobbyist for an equal right to treatment and ethical implementation of Prop 63, the Mental Health Services Act.

In November 2009, she filed a Whistleblower Complaint with the California State Auditor, documenting unlawful implementation of Prop 63, subsequently lobbying for an Audit Committee report, alleging incompetence, waste, potential conflicts of interest, and noncompliance with the law.  With partner Teresa Pasquini of Contra Costa County, Rose established Mental Illness FACTS-Family And Consumer True Stories—to promote activism and public awareness of mental health policy.

SamuraiThe America River Democrats March Meeting will be at Samurai Sushi, Wednesday, April 15, 12251 Folsom Bl, Rancho Cordova.

We begin our gathering at 6:30 for social time and a chance to order food or drinks.

Samurai Sushi is near the Hazel exit from the 50 freeway on Folsom Blvd.

Guests are always welcome!