President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Recommends Network of Care

Agency mental health web site lauded in presidential report

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency "Network of Care for Mental Health" Web site was lauded July 21 by a Presidential commission as "a model for how consumers can use Internet technology to find pertinent mental health information."

President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health honored the site in its final report titled, "Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America."

"I am extremely proud to see San Diego County's efforts praised by the Presidential Commission, " said Greg Cox, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. "This is yet another example of what our County is doing to reach out to people who suffer from mental illness and help them achieve their maximum potential."

President Bush appointed the Commission in 2002 to study the mental health service delivery system and make recommendations that enable adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.

The "Network of Care" project developed as a partnership between the California Department of Mental Health, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, to allow consumers of mental health services and their friends and families to find pertinent mental health information; identify available services, supports, and resources in their community, in one, easy to search location.

Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State, in partnership with San Diego County, the "Network of Care for Mental Health" was launched in April, as a pilot program for California and the nation. Similar sites are currently being developed for other California counties.

To view the Network of Care Web site, visit www.networkofcare.org, or to view the text of the Commission's report, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.