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Mental Health Policy, Stem Cell Research topics of symposium

17 April 2006

ATTENTION: Medical, mental health and health policy reporters and editors

Contact: Liese Greensfelder, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 lieseg@berkeley.edu

"Toward a Health Policy Agenda for All Californians," the annual symposium of the University of California, Berkeley's Nicholas C. Petris Center. This year's event brings together a panel of state and national experts to address two critical areas of health policy: the impact that the Mental Health Services Act of 2004 (Prop. 63) has had on California's mental health system; and the economic, political, legal and public policy impacts of stem cell research and the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act of 2004 (Prop. 71).

Friday, April 21. The keynote addresses and Mental Health Services Act panel take place from 1-3:35 p.m. The stem cell panel will be from 3:35-5 p.m.

The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley

There are two keynote speakers:

  • Kimberly Belshé, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. She oversees the state's health-care delivery systems.

  • Paul B. Ginsburg, a noted expert on the changes that are taking place in the health care system and the outlook for its future. He is president of the Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington, D.C.

Other speakers include Edward Penhoet, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Darrell Steinberg, chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission; Stephen Mayberg, director of the California Department of Mental Health; and Bruce Cohen, president and CEO of Cellerant Therapeutics, Inc.

Credentialed reporters who would like a copy of the complete program or would like to attend should call (510) 643-4100 or e-mail skelly@berkeley.edu.

The Nicholas C. Petris Center is part of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. For more information on the center, please see: http://www.petris.org/.