CARE is a compassionate civil court process that provides individuals with schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders with a clinically appropriate, community-based set of services and supports that are culturally and linguistically competent.
Stephanie Welch, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health for the California Health and Human Services (CalHHS) Agency, will provide an overview of CARE, including a description of CalHHS’ role in implementation and an update on implementation timeline and next steps.
As Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health for CalHHS, Stephanie acts as a senior advisor to the Secretary of CalHHS and other state departments on behavioral health policy. In addition, the Deputy Secretary builds bridges across various government sectors and with stakeholders from diverse perspectives. Stephanie has over two decades of experience in mental health policy, program administration, evaluation and advocacy at both the state and county level. She holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.