``Every new idea can make a difference.``

The Beginning

Opportunities to Innovate Behavioral Health

BeHealth.Today™ is a human-centered design process to create new proposals for the innovation component of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) program throughout California.

BeHealth™ includes in-person gatherings of stakeholders and ongoing communication among stakeholders throughout the process. The Innovation component of MHSA tests new approaches to mental health assessment and intervention.

1 in 5 Californians Are Likely To Experience A Behavioral Health Issue.

What Changed

BeHealth.Today is a complete process, from education to workshops to presenting a proposal for consideration by County and State funding sources.

  • A Learning Event to understand the Process
  • A Workshop to Generate New Ideas
  • A Plan to Develop a Proposal
  • A Presentation to Potential Funders

Developed by SDSU Social Policy Institute and The Idea Guy®, BeHealth.Today™ provides the opportunity for people with lived experience, family members and community groups to generate new approaches to uses of technology in behavioral health.

In The End

BeHealth™ is a proven process to create meaningful engagement with stakeholders in the community and yields concepts, plans and prototypes for Innovation proposals, which will be subject to local and state approval prior to implementation. Proposal outlines will conform with local County Health & Human Services Agencies, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) guidelines and MHSA regulations for Innovation programs, as described in background Information.

For more information about BeHealth, contact Steve Hornberger via email:

Social Policy Institute


SPI's Executive Leadership brings subject matter expertise in their respective fields as well as a combined track record for innovation and quality.

Steve Hornberger

Steve Hornberger is the Co-Director of the Social Policy Institute (SPI) since 2014 administering a number of statewide contracts.

Lori Clarke

As Co-Director, Lori brings innovation and excellence to design/development and facilitation of insight and action.

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.

BeHealth™ Posts & Resources

Access the Social Policy Institute Blog to learn more.
HOPE Building Block Series #2: Social and Civic Engagement
Chapin Hall Evidence Based Programs Guide
New CDPH Prevention Resources and Reports
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