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Guide to the Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records
    Dates: 1969-1981
    Bulk Dates: 1974-1979
    Collection number: CNTY0010
    Creator: Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services
    Collection Size: 3 linear feet (3 boxes)
    Repository: Center for Sacramento History
    Sacramento, California 95811-0229
    Abstract: The collection includes the records of two organizations, the Sacramento County Mental Health Advisory Board and the Sacramento County Health Council, and a collection of pamphlets and calendars associated with Sacramento County mental health programs.
    Physical location: 27K7, 27K8
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records, CNTY0010, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    Records transferred from the Sacramento County Mental Health Department to the Center for Sacramento History in 1983 (Accession #1983/132).

    Processing Information

    Sacramento County Mental Health Department series processed by William Burg, 2009. Finding aid prepared by William Burg, 2009. Collection was renamed Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records from Sacramento County Mental Health Collection to reflect the current name of the department (DACS).

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) was created in response to the Short-Doyle Act, passed by the California legislature in 1957. This legislation was part of a national shift in mental health policy from institutionalization of the mentally ill to county-based community mental health systems. Sacramento’s MHAB was created in 1963 to advise the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the Director of the Department of Mental Health. Its responsibility included review and evaluation of the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems, and preparation of an annual report to the Board of Supervisors. MHAB included several subcommittees, including the Executive Committee, the Plan Committee, the Nominating Committee, Advisory Committee, the Catchment Area Committees (Sacramento County was divided into five service zones, called “catchment areas”) and the Grants Committee. The Sacramento County Health Council was created as a result of the Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974, federal legislation that combined and redirected the efforts of federally supported state and local agencies. The Act created regional Health Service Areas (HSA) throughout the country. Sacramento County was part of an eight-county HSA known as the Golden Empire Health Services Agency (GEHSA) designed to allocate funds for medical facilities via a coordinated regional plan. Each county created a Health Council that worked with GEHSA to administer the Act. Health providers submitted plans to GEHSA and the Health Council based on identified community needs. Subcommittees of the Health Council disbursed federal funds based on a policy called the Certificate of Need process. Both boards represent an era when mental health policy was transitioning from one based on the long-term institutionalization of the mentally ill to a strategy based on community care and deinstitutionalization. The Short-Doyle Act and later Lanterman-Petris-Short Act recognized the rights of the mentally ill to live in the community and limited earlier state policies that promoted long-term hospitalization for mental illness over community care. This move was supported by changes to state and federal law that provided funding for community care clinics. The Short-Doyle Act provided matching state funds to counties that implemented county mental health programs, and in 1972 California Welfare and Institutions Code 14000 allowed mental health providers to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services. Similarly, the federal Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974, combined with funding sources like Community Development Block Grants (first introduced in 1975) made funds available to develop community health resources, both for mental and physical health programs. Another change to government policy came in 1978 with the enactment of Proposition 13, which resulted in many dramatic cuts to state programs, including mental health programs. These policy changes, including rising citizen concerns about the size of government bureaucracy and a multiplicity of state and county advisory boards, resulted in the consolidation and reduction of mental health service availability during the later period reflected in these records. The Mental Health Advisory Board still exists as the Sacramento County Mental Health Board. The Sacramento County Health Council’s functions are currently executed by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The materials in this collection include minutes, meeting announcements, correspondence and duty statements related to the associated boards and subcommittees. Interspersed throughout the collection are copied articles and government documents about mental health boards, public policy including the Short-Doyle Act and the Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974, and assessment methodology for community boards. Calendars and pamphlets produced for and used by the Sacramento County Mental Health Department are included as a separate category. A newsletter, MHAB Forum, produced by the Citizens’ Advisory Council of the Mental Health Advisory Board, is found in several folders.

    Arrangement

    Series 1. Sacramento County Mental Health Advisory Board Series 2. Sacramento County Health Council Series 3. Assorted publications

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sacramento County (Calif.). Division of Mental Health
    Sacramento County Health Council
    Mental Health Advisory Board
    Mental health policy--California
    Mental health--California