Behavioral Health

``Innovating behavioral health for all.``


The BeHealth.Today experience successfully demonstrated that persons with lived experience, community members, providers of behavioral health services (many of whom are persons with lived experience), entrepreneurs and others could come together to innovate behavioral health using human centered design thinking. At least five (5) desirable, feasible, viable BIG IDEAS to connect persons with behavioral health needs to services through the use of technology were generated. The experience of learning (about HCDT) and working with others (to take ideas deeper) has had a beneficial impact on participants in that they have reported improved social and professional connections, as well as increased self-efficacy.

Stepping Higher

Negative attitudes (prejudice) and negative responses (discrimination) can compromise a person’s perception of worth and cause feelings of deep shame (stigma). Stepping Higher, Inc. (SHI) is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the restoration, development and establishment of cultural and personal achievement for all. SHI recently entered into partnership with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services to develop and offer the Stepping Higher Faith-based and Behavioral Health Academy, a training and certification program for faith-based leaders and behavioral health providers.

SDSU’s Social Policy Institute provided technical assistance in the design and delivery of The Academy, with tools to reduce stigma and increase access to behavioral health services, particularly for African American and Latinx populations, who are often underserved. The Academy promotes mutual appreciation of the role of spirituality in positive mental health and how faith – based and behavioral health professionals can work together to promote community wellness.

For more information or to register for the next Academy, click here.

Stories of Success

What Our Partners Say

Elizabeth Estes

“The Social Policy Institute’s Director, Steve Hornberger, has been an integral part of Breaking Barriers development and implementation. The Social Policy Institute team has brought excellence and innovation to support Breaking Barriers’ work across systems to increase and enhance the well-being of California’s children and youth.”

Elizabeth Estes

Founder, Breaking Barriers
Robin Jenkins

“San Diego State University’s Social Policy Institute has been a highly valued partner for the State of California and an array of organizations seeking to effectively translate evidence-supported science into well-designed public policies for broad social benefits. One example is through our National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives and SDSU collaborations. As well, SPI’s work with county-level Prevention teams and their articulation of best practices with and for Child Abuse Prevention Councils across the state of California has been impressive.”

Robin Jenkins

Associate Director, The Impact Center, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
Dr. Rachelle Benson

“The entire team at the Social Policy Institute brought subject matter expertise and cultural humility to the revision and redesign of our Faith-based and Behavioral Health Training Academy! Our trainers appreciated the validation for what they already know and can do; coaching to raise their game to a higher level of performance; and the high-quality, evidence-based materials.”

Dr. Rachelle Benson

Vice President, Stepping Higher Inc.

Behavioral Health Posts & Resources

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Chapin Hall Evidence Based Programs Guide
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