Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force

The White House recently announced that the federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force released its final report. The Task Force included a series of actions and recommendations to:

  • Help ensure better implementation of parity
  • Help consumers, providers, and plans understand how parity works
  • Ensure appropriate oversight and enforcement of parity protections.

These steps are based on input the Task Force received through a series of listening sessions held between March and October, and through the more than 1,100 public comments the Task Force received from individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, families, their providers, advocates, and other stakeholders.

To view the full report CLICK HERE.
To view the Consumer Guide CLICK HERE.

Friends of Family meeting Saturday morning, November 5, 2016

friendsoffamilyflyer_11-05-16_2Don’t miss this special event: Friends of Family, sponsored by LACDMH Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, with special guest speaker Martin Hernandez L.C.S.W., new Director of Patients’ Rights, this Saturday from 10 to Noon in Commerce at 6055 E. Washington Blvd., 9th Floor, Bank of the West building.

Click THIS LINK or the Image to the right for full-sized and printable PDF flyer.

  • Conversation and Information
  • Education and Inspiration
  • Who: Family, Friends, Parents, & Caregivers
  • Where: Project Return Peer Support Network 6055 E. Washington Blvd., 9th Floor “Bank of the West” Building Commerce, CA 90040
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Free Parking

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs is a touchstone for all of the age bureaus to give a voice to family members and consumers.  Being that voice, staff listen in detail to concerns of consumers and family members, so that all can work together to improve the services provided by the system. Its Mission:

“Our Mission includes supporting recovery principles, mentorship models, resiliency strategies, community education, relationship building and system problem solving across the mental health field. We work directly with established family and consumer networks in Los Angeles County and also connect to the larger national organizations of peers and families. We provide programs that support education, conferences and meetings on mental health concerns as well as sponsor trainings which promote hope, resiliency, recovery and wellness. Some of our projects include contracts on a large scale and individual consumer and family concerns that come to us daily. We have a regular staff of clinicians that offer support to family members and consumers on quality improvement for their individual cases and we analyze the themes we hear from these individual calls to promote improvements in the delivery system.”