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Mental Health Survey

Hello NBRC Community,

CA Service System Survey

NBRC is partnering with the Center for START Services (CSS) at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability/UCED as part of the expansion of START services in California. Part of this process is to gather input from our community on the current mental health needs for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental health needs (IDD-MH).  The goal is to determine what services are currently working well in our area and where improvements are needed. This list of questions is intended to learn from you about existing services in your community for people with IDD-MH, including persons with autism. This survey includes services that may be funded by regional centers, county mental health/behavioral services or insurance.

Please rate each question listed using the scale found below and put additional explanations in the space provided.  When responding about service availability in your community, please think about community as the area in which you or the people that you serve can realistically access needed services. At the end of the survey, we welcome you to identify any additional gaps in service effectiveness that you would like us to be aware of.

We are hoping to collect as many responses as possible from individuals working in or using any aspect of the service system (mental health, ID/DD services, education, drug/alcohol treatment, hospitals, justice, etc.), so please take a few minutes to both complete this survey by clicking on the link below, and then to forward this link to as many people within your organization and/or contact list as possible and ask them to complete it and forward it as well.

To begin the survey, please click on the below link

CA Service System Survey

Mental Health Services Act Grant: The Social-Sexual Education Project

Through funding from the Mental Health Services Act and in partnership with the Department of Developmental Services, North Bay Regional Center is working on an exciting new project, The Social-Sexual Education Project! This Project is designed to teach people with developmental disabilities about healthy and safe relationships and how to recognize sexual abuse and coercion.

The Social-Sexual Education Project involves 3 phases:

Phase 1: The Development Phase

The development phase involves the creation of two education programs for people with developmental disabilities that are designed to teach them about healthy and safe relationship development. The Introductory Program focuses on boundaries, public versus private behavior, how to demonstrate assertiveness appropriately, and how to develop a dating relationship. The Advanced Program focuses on dating safety, coercion and sexual abuse, pregnancy and contraception, as well as sexually transmitted infections and safer sex.

*The creators of this project are currently recruiting volunteer actors and actresses to pose in pictures and to act in videos that will be a part of the education program! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Dr. Katie Pedgrift at    

Phase 2: The Teaching Phase

The Teaching Phase will include pilot testing the two programs. Local professionals including teachers, therapists, behaviorists, and psychologists will teach the programs to the people they serve. Classes will be offered in a variety of settings including classrooms, counseling offices, and even in people’s homes. These professionals will provide feedback to the project creators so the education material can be modified to maximum learning outcomes.

Phase 3: Evaluation Phase

The evaluation phase involves interpreting pre- and post-assessment outcomes, and determining what people learn from participating in the education programs. During this phase we will share this important information with professionals, families, advocates, and consumers. We want people with disabilities to have access to information about how to develop healthy and safe relationships while avoiding abuse and coercion. We hope this project is successful in achieving this goal!

July 31st, 2018 progress:

Introductory Curriculum Outline

Advanced Curriculum Outline

Single Lesson Plan Assessment

Overall Introductory Curriculum Assessment

Overall Advanced Curriculum Assessment

Consent Form

Consent Form with Increased Informed Consent

Volunteer Demographics Chart

Grant Project Volunteer Information

Click on the link below to watch a news report from 2 NBRC recipients of services as they report on the abuse rates of people with disabilities. Everything in this news report is factually accurate:

Breaking New: The Social-Sexual Education Project

NBRC Promotional Video

If you would like to learn more about this project and/or hear about classes that may be offered in your area, please contact Dr. Katie Pedgrift at


Webinar: Mental Health Services in Schools For Students with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

Webinar: Mental Health Services in Schools For Students with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, January 26, 2017
10:00 am Pacific Time

These webinars are part of the 2015-2017 series: Issues in Developmental Disabilities.

For more information and registration information, please use the INFORMATION FLYER.

The USC UCEDD at CHLA is hosting monthly webinars to educate and explore current issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. This series is designed for people with developmental disabilities, family members and advocates. Each webinar includes a presentation from an expert in the field and a questions & answers session. Registration is free of charge. Attendees need a computer with internet access to view the presentation and a phone or computer speakers to access the webinar audio. After each webinar, the slides and video recording are available on the Event Archive page.

For suggestions, comments or questions call 323-361-4617 or email

House Passes Mental Health Bill

WASHINGTON—The House passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s mental health system, the first effort by lawmakers to specifically tackle federal policies on serious mental illness. Read more.

1,400 Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Workers to Strike

The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents 1,400 psychologists, therapists and social workers at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California, is asking them to strike starting Nov. 16.

The Emeryville-based union, led by longtime Kaiser foe Sal Rosselli, cited inadequate staffing and alleged “retaliation against whistle blowers” as reasons for the proposed strike. Read more.

Time to adjust California’s Mental Health Services Act

Science Proves It: Hiking Good for Mental Health

o not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression. Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, decrease your anxiety and even improve your memory. Read more.