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CARE Act Working Group


The Community Assistance, Recovery & Empowerment (CARE) Act creates a new pathway to deliver mental health and substance use disorder services to the most severely impaired Californians who too often suffer in homelessness or incarceration without treatment. The purpose of the CARE Act Working Group is to provide coordination and on-going engagement with, and support collaboration among, relevant state and local partners and other stakeholders throughout the phases of county implementation to support the successful implementation of the CARE Act.

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  • Al Rowlett – Turning Point Community Programs
  • Anthony Ruffin – Community Center Director 1, LA DMH Concierge Outreach Team
  • Beau Hennemann – Anthem Blue Cross
  • Bill Stewart – San Diego County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Chair (BHAB)
  • Charlene Depner – Center for Families, Children & the Courts Judicial Council of California
  • Chevon Kothari – Sacramento County Social Services
  • Dhakshike Wickrema – California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency
  • Dr. Fadi Nicolas – Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
  • Dr. Veronica Kelley – Orange County Mental Health and Recovery Services
  • Eric Harris – Disability Rights California
  • Harold Turner – NAMI Urban Los Angeles
  • Herb Hatanaka – Special Services for Groups
  • Hon. Maria Hernandez – Superior Court of Orange County
  • Jenny Bayardo – Executive Officer, California Behavioral Health Planning Council
  • Jodi Nerell – Sutter Health
  • Keris Jän Myrick – Person with Lived Experience of Schizophrenia Diagnosis
  • Khatera Aslami – Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Kiran Savage – California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Lauren Rettagliata – Family Member
  • Lorin Kline – Legal Aid Association of California
  • Matt Tuttle – San Jose Firefighters Union Local 230
  • Sarah Jarman – Director, Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Department, City of San Diego
  • Stephanie Welch – California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Susan Holt – Fresno County Behavioral Health
  • Tomequia Moss – All Home CA
  • Tracie Riggs – Tuolumne County Administration Office
  • Tyler Sadwith – California Department of Health Care Services, Behavioral Health
  • Vitka Eisen –CEO, HealthRIGHT 360 
  • Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo – Deputy Secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Zach Friend – Second District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County
  • Zachary Olmstead – California Department of Housing and Community Development

Working group members have been appointed in their individual capacities. Titles are provided for identification purposes only.

CARE Act Working Group


2024 Meeting Dates

  • February 14, 2024: 11:00-3:00 pm
  • May 15, 2024: 11:00-3:00 pm
  • August 21, 2024: 11:00-3:00 pm
  • November 6, 2024: 11:00-3:00 pm

Meeting materials will be shared here and via the CARE e-mail listserv. To join the CARE Act listserv, please contact

Updates regarding the CARE Act Working Group will be sent to the CARE Act listserv. To join this listserv, please contact

November 8, 2023, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

August 9, 2023, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

May 17, 2023, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

February 14, 2023, 1pm – 4pm

Training, Technical Assistance & Communications Ad Hoc Group

Data Collection, Reporting & Evaluation Ad Hoc Group

Services & Supports Ad Hoc Group