Increase In Demand For Mental Health Services On University Campuses Impeded By Counselor Shortage
“We have to prioritize because we don’t have enough slots for folks,” said Mimi Bommersbach, a mental health counselor at Chico State. Advocates are pushing legislation that would require campuses to hire enough counselors to keep a one thousand students per counselor ratio.
Mental Health Services At Cal State Campuses At 'Crisis' Levels
An increase in demand for counseling services at California State University campuses hasn't been met with a corresponding increase in counselors and that is leading to a "crisis," campus mental health officials say. Now, they're turning to Sacramento in hopes of getting a legislative mandate to hire more staff. (Guzman-Lopez, 5/7)
In other news from across the state —
Sacramento Homeless Program Pays For Attending Meetings And Writing Policies
The city of Sacramento is offering hefty financial bonuses to hospitals, health plans and government and nonprofit agencies for attending meetings and helping to launch its $64 million Whole Person Care program on homelessness. Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other Sacramento leaders consider the pilot program central to achieving their goal of housing 2,000 homeless people by 2020. (Hubert, 5/5)