Welcome! We are members of CNMHC in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties who, together with Department and Privet MH agencies, are actively involved in promoting positive changes in mental health services delivery as outlined in California's Mental Health Services Act.
Here is a video (courtesy of Lauren Tenney) of the FDA Advisory Panels decision to retain Class III status for all Electroshock devices for all indications except catatonia. This video records the reactions of Dr John Breeding, Loretta Wilson, Dorothy Dundas, Donald Johnson, and myself to this decision.
This website is designed to meet the needs of individual consumers, consumer-run businesses and consumer advocates. Each of our in-depth sections contains detailed and useful information and is based on extensive research. They can be used as general topic introductions, or followed as step-by-step guides to consumer advocacy.
The California Network of Mental Health Clients (CNMHC) is a solely consumer-run organization whose membership consists of affiliates and individuals throughout the State. It provides a statewide advocacy voice for California's mental health consumers. The CNMHC is a critical participant, stakeholder, and advocacy agent in all statewide mental health policy processes. CNMHC also lends critical support to self help and mutual support groups and programs throughout the state.
The California Department of Mental Health is contracting with the CNMHC to assist in implementing all of the consumer related aspects of the Mental Health Services Act, specifically, but not limited to: consumer operated programs, the meaningful and effective involvement of consumers in the Act's implementation, the hiring of consumers in the mental health workforce as well as training of that workforce, and the reduction of stigma and discrimination campaigns. The CNMHC has the special expertise, experience and shared values that make it the most effective provider of these services.
Far South Regional Coordinator, Elizabeth Ellison, enables the CNMHC to provide the education, training, and technical assistance to clients around the five (5) Counties of Far Southern California in the implementation of the MHSA, as well as to provide a strong client voice in all aspects of system change, statewide and locally. CNMHC is the organized statewide advocacy voice of and for persons with mental disabilities. The CNMHC Far South seeks to encourage and promote client-run selfhelp activities throughout the state. To this end, The CNMHC supports a self-help project in each of five (5) Counties in the Far South regions.