California State University of Sacramento Lived Experience Project

In 2019, CCJBH contracted with the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) to determine how best to engage statewide public outreach efforts surrounding individuals with lived experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Outreach efforts focused on identifying issues and potential solutions to support individuals with lived experiences, their families, and networks. Initial efforts involved CSUS facilitating a series of stakeholder engagement activities that culminated in CCJBH establishing regional stakeholder advocacy contracts to support local community-based organizations, each of which are implementing unique projects that include individuals with lived experience to help reduce justice involvement of individuals with behavioral health needs.

CSUS then embarked on a project to identify hiring barriers for individuals with lived experience, which consisted of an online survey and interviews with key staff from community-based organizations, state agencies, county behavioral health departments, and federally qualified health centers. The final report, Successful Approaches To Employing Individuals With Lived Experience In the Criminal Justice And Behavioral Health Fields, was finalized in September 2021, and the findings/recommendations of this report were used to inform a September 13th follow-up workshop to identify solutions and implementation strategies for hiring individuals with lived experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems.  A subsequent report summarizing the information gathered from this workshop is expected in November/December 2021.