CAMPAIGN FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS
In 2005, Placer County Systems of Care with the support of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), joined forces with a host of community partners to launch a campaign to transform mental health services through community-based, recovery focused, culturally competent and innovative approaches. Believing the key to lasting change in mental health care in Placer County is to place residents and community based agencies in a true position of partnership with the county, the Campaign for Community Wellness (CCW) was created.
The Placer CCW functions as the legislatively mandated body to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act. The CCW is comprised of concerned community members, non-profit agencies, school and law enforcement partners, family members and consumers of Mental Health services and the Placer County Systems of Care staff. The collaboration works to build wellness in the community, advocate for constituencies, promote peer-focused services, evaluate community needs, build community capacity, and share information about mental health and wellness. Specifically, CCW seeks to strengthen the voice of the often-unrepresented populations in decision making around mental health policy and resource allocation.
The CCW works by networking, sharing and providing a forum for creative problem solving at monthly meetings. Recommendations for MHSA enhancements and changes are provided by the CCW to a collaborative Leadership Team, consisting of four community based representatives, System of Care staff and community facilitators.