Guide to the Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records

William Burg
Center for Sacramento History
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Sacramento, California 95811-0229
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Center for Sacramento History. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Sacramento County (Calif.) Department of Health Services records

Collection number: CNTY0010

Center for Sacramento History

Sacramento, CA
Processed by:
William Burg
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 Center for Sacramento History. All rights reserved.

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


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Sacramento County Mental Health Advisory Board

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Sacramento County Mental Health Advisory Board agendas, meeting minutes, board applications, correspondence, and reports.
Box 1:1

Alcohol Advisory Board meeting minutes, letters, notices of meeting changes, and organization bylaws 1974-1978

Box 1:2

Mental Health Advisory Board memos between board members, meeting minutes, a problem statement outlining the justification for MHAB, the MHAB line item budget, including mention of some potential effects of Proposition 13 on agency funding 1978

Box 1:3

Mental Health Advisory Board memos between board members, meeting minutes, a problem statement outlining the justification for MHAB, the MHAB line item budget, including mention of some potential effects of Proposition 13 on agency funding 1977

Box 1:4

Mental Health Advisory Board meeting notices, preliminary reports from the Community Mental Health Forum, correspondence with county supervisor Pat Melarkey, assorted correspondence and board agendas 1976

Box 1:5

Mental Health Advisory Board annual report to Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, correspondence between board members, idea statement for mental health 314(d) contract funds called “Gheel House,” letters soliciting Central Catchment Area Committee members, executive committee meeting minutes, MHSA references to advisory board 1976

Box 1:6

Mental Health Advisory Board application for MHAB membership from John Mancano, board correspondence, MHAB agenda 2/18/1976 and master calendar, proposals for 1976 community forum, letter regarding conflicts of interest between being a provider of mental health services and serving on MHAB 1976

Box 1:7

Mental Health Advisory Board correspondence regarding resignations of board members and new applications for membership, Department of Mental Health assessment methodology for 1975-1976, request by MHAB for a full-time staff person, working paper on Sacramento County contracting for a residential treatment program, master calendar, duty statement for Steno Clerk II. 1976

Box 1:8

Self assessment tool/self-evaluation goal setting tool, resignation of Lorenzo Patino from MHAB board, MHAB agenda 9/10/1975, contract proposal application packet for potential providers, meeting minutes, resume for board applicants, rough draft of 1975 MHAB annual report 1975

Box 1:9

Mental Health Advisory Board agendas and meeting notices, July 1975, article “Examining California’s Mental Health,” letter from Robert Florida dated July 29, 1975 regarding his notice that a person on the MHAB board was also a contract provider, a potential conflict of interest. Pamphlet: Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974 1975

Box 1:10

Mental Health Advisory Board meeting notices January-April 1975, report of Task Force on Community Mental Health Funding, planning committee meeting minutes, letters regarding conflicts of interest of people serving on the MHAB who are also mental health service providers, site visit report regarding the Sacramento North Community mental Health Center, Five-Year Objectives (general mental health), letters from MHAB members to state assemblyman, senator and governor in support of SB 204. 1975

Box 1:11

Mental Health Advisory Board correspondence, proposal of suicide prevention service, MHAB Forum newsletter Winter 1974, meeting schedules and member lists, list of MHAB appointments 1963-1973, 1974-1975 mental health budget narrative, discussion paper of Alameda County MHAB, plan for Sacramento Regional Planning Commission 1974

Box 1:12

Mental Health Advisory Board letter regarding MHAB member Paul Berg and financial disclosure law, resume from Virginia Young, MHAB member recommending admission of Ken Fors to MHAB, correspondence, MHAB bylaws 1974

Box 1:13

Mental Health Advisory Board members from 1963-1973, including terms of service, including Adolph Teichert and Earl Warren Jr., letters and notices, resumes of applicants to MHAB and correspondence regarding applicants, copy of Short-Doyle Act, Article 6, Section 550, Part 2 Div. 6. 1969-1973

Box 1:14

Mental Health Advisory Board Grants Review Committee minutes 1977-1978

Box 1:15

Mental Health Advisory Board notices of meetings of the executive committee 1974-1978

Box 1:16

Summary and guidelines of catchment areas and lists of catchment area committees undated

Box 1:17

Arden Catchment Area Committee meeting minutes 1973-1978

Box 1:18

Central Catchment Area Committee meeting minutes 1974-1978

Box 1:19

North Catchment Area Committee meeting minutes 1974-1978

Box 1:20

South Catchment Area Committee meeting minutes 1977-1978

Box 1:21

East Catchment Area Committee meeting minutes 1974-1978

Box 1:22

Mental health planning committee letters and minutes 1973-1974

Box 1:23

Mental health planning committee meeting minutes, correspondence and notifications from 1975 in reverse order, flowcharts of mental health plan operations. Article, “Let’s Quit Crapping Around And Do Program Evaluation” by Daniel W. Edwards and Richard M. Yarvis, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry. Article, “Davis Outcome Assessment System” by Daniel W. Edwards, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UC Davis. Article “Illustrative Data on the Davis Outcome Assessment System” by Daniel W. Edwards, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UC Davis. Proposal requesting $38,000 for production of a television program produced by “Sacramento Concilio, Inc.” 1975

Box 2:1

Mental health planning committee ephemera and programs from a public event, “Sacramento’s First Comprehensive Community Mental Health Forum,” held Saturday, October 23, 1976. Planning documents regarding the forum, preliminary reports of the community mental health forum dated 11/17/1976, and documents describing other counties approaches to public mental health events. Minutes from 1978, 1977 and 1976 1976-1978

Box 2:2

Mental Health Advisory Board meetings 1971-1978

Box 2:3

Mental health planning committee annual task description 1977, and a packet of 23 revenue sharing proposals for review 1977

Box 2:4

Mental health planning committee meeting minutes, and documents describing the planned 1979-1980 mental health planning process 1978-1980

Box 2:5

Technical Advisory Committee on Drug Abuse meeting minutes 1975

Box 2:6

Citizens Advisory Council letters from California State Citizens’ Advisory Council to HMAB 1974-1977

Box 2:7

Correspondence between Mental Health Advisory Board and the Citizens’ Advisory Council 1977-1979

Box 2:7

Mental Health Advisory Board Forum newsletters 1978-1979

Box 2:8

Correspondence between Mental Health Advisory Board and the Citizens’ Advisory Council 1976-1977

Box 2:9

Correspondence between Mental Health Advisory Board and the Citizens’ Advisory Council 1975-1976

Box 2:10

Correspondence between Mental Health Advisory Board and the Citizens’ Advisory Council 1974

Box 2:10

Mental Health Advisory Board Forum newsletters 1974

Box 2:11

Roster of Mental Health Advisory Board county chairs in the state of California, Mental Health Advisory Board reports from San Diego and Los Angeles Counties, summaries of regional community liaisons and interagency committees 1972-1973

Box 2:12

Letters from Citizens’ Advisory Council to Mental Health Advisory Board Child Advocates 1975-1978

Box 2:13

Legislative Summary (MHAB Project) Assembly bills that became law, 1976, letters from Citizens’ Advisory Council to HMAB chairs, and legislative status updates" 1976

Box 2:14

Mental Health Advisory Board meeting minutes and notices 1979-1981

 

Series 2. Sacramento County Health Council

Physical Description: 20 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes meeting minutes and notices of the Sacramento County Health Council
Box 3:1

Sacramento County Health Council meeting notices and minutes 1980

Box 3:2

Sacramento County Health Council minutes and meeting notices 1978-1979

Box 3:3

Minutes of Plan Review Committee, Health Plan Subcommittee minutes, Feb. 1979. Mental health public comments, flowchart of staff assignments, plan review committee definition (made up of both providers and consumers of health services), correspondence regarding county plan review committee 1979-1980

Box 3:4

Public health updates 1979-1981

Box 3:5

Sacramento Hospital Planning Coalition documents describing SHPC’s in-depth analysis of hospital utilization patterns undated

Box 3:6

Appropriateness Review Committee meeting minutes, notices and memoranda, July-October 1980. Overview of the appropriateness review process, inter-departmental correspondence, regulations regarding federal law outlining how to make findings of appropriateness of existing institutional health services. Callie Carney is mentioned as a member of the Plan Development Committee. A document, “Appropriateness Review Policies and Procedures Manual” outlining role of GEHSA and the committee. A document, “National Health Planning and Resources Development Act (PL 93-641)”. County Health Services Plan and Budget, 1980, with budget documents. Article, “How To Keep Your Mandated Citizen Board Out Of Your Hair and Off Your Back.” Letter from CHP to Rancho Seco regarding their ambulance 1980

Box 3:7

Health Data Subcommittee meeting minutes 1980

Box 3:8

Community Services Planning Council announcements, correspondence and minutes 1979-1980

Box 3:9

Summary of task analysis to accomplish regional agency functions, staffing recommendations and proposed budget 1980-1981

Box 3:10

Alcoholism Division memos including administrator’s report 1979-1980

Box 3:11

Certificate of Need Committee roster, agendas, minutes and correspondence from 1979, applications asking for a “Certificate of Need” for various hospital additions, criteria to establish the desirability for a project, “Notice of Intent for Certificate of Need Application” form, article “A Model Certificate of Need Statute 1979

Box 3:12

Child Health & Disabilities Prevention Committee Advisory board meeting notices 1975-1981

Box 3:13

Letter protesting procedures used by Sacramento County Health Council, accusing Health Council of holding meetings without a quorum and without a majority of health services consumers present undated

Box 3:14

Dental Health Committee meeting notices 1979-1981

Box 3:15

Minutes of Family Planning Advisory Board 1974-1978

Box 3:16

Emergency Medical Care Committee meeting minutes 1980

Box 3:17

Grants Review Committee roster, memo to grants review committee regarding the Certificate of Need review process, memos to County Health Council from Grants Review Committee, committee charge (to review 6 revenue sharing proposals and rank them in order of priority for funding.) undated

Box 3:18

Health Priorities Committee meeting minutes 1980-1981

Box 3:19

Health Priorities Committee meeting minutes 1976-1979

Box 3:20

Long Term Care Committee meeting minutes 1977-1980

 

Series 3. Assorted publications

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains two folders of mental health related pamphlets and calendars
Box 3:21

Alcohol traffic safety program undated

Box 3:21

A special program for people who really care about emotionally disturbed children undated

Box 3:21

“Pierre the Pelican” Post-Natal Series (New Orleans, LA) undated

Box 3:21

Sacramento County Employee Alcoholism Program (Green) [3 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Sacramento County Employee Alcoholism Program (Brown) [3 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Juvenile Drug Offender Diversion Project undated

Box 3:21

Your County Government, Sacramento County [2 copies] 1977-1978

Box 3:21

El bienestar de nuestra gente [2 copies] undated

Box 3:21

The well-being of our people undated

Box 3:21

Help for troubled persons [2 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Ayuda para personas con problemas [2 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Drug Alternatives Program undated

Box 3:21

Sacramento County Department of Personal Health [2 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Getting there…how to select a private therapist [3 copies] undated

Box 3:21

You’re not alone [3 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Help for troubled children [2 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Ayuda para ninos con problemas undated

Box 3:21

An alternative: Sacramento Alcoholism Center undated

Box 3:21

Warm Hands Co. presents: “Carol’s Back” Community Interaction Program [2 copies] 1974

Box 3:21

Patients’ rights and responsibilities undated

Box 3:21

The Sacramento County Department of Mental Health: the role of mental health communications in the community care program [3 copies] undated

Box 3:21

Community treatment continuum [3 copies] undated

Box 3:22

Mental health is contagious—pass it on [2 copies] 1974

Box 3:22

Feeling individual (Yellow) [2 copies] 1975-1976

Box 3:22

Feeling individual (green) (no calendar, contact numbers only) [2 copies] undated

Box 3:22

Don’t go it alone (orange) [2 copies] 1976

Box 3:22

Don’t go it alone (gray) (no calendar, contact numbers only) [2 copies] undated

Box 3:22

Reflections of relationships [2 copies] 1977

Box 3:22

Reflections of relationships (no calendar, contact numbers only) [2 copies] undated

Box 3:22

Portraits of human rights [2 copies] 1978

Box 3:22

Portraits of human rights (no calendar, contact numbers only) [2 copies] undated

Box 3:22

Completing the picture [2 copies] 1979