Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Homelessness Solutions, San Diego Restructuring, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Sahma’s Strategic Plan, Fake Pharmacy Callers

HOMELESSNESS SOLUTIONS AND PREVENTION ACTION PLAN: The County of San Diego is seeking public input by Sept. 15 on the draft Homelessness Solutions and Prevention Action Plan, which is intended to advance the county’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The draft Action Plan outlines the county’s strategies to impact homelessness regionally. Relevant feedback on the draft Action Plan, which outlines the county’s strategies to impact homelessness regionally, will be incorporated, with a final Action Plan anticipated to be completed this fall. Please feel free to share the link.     

HEALTHY SAN DIEGO RESTRUCTURING: Healthy San Diego is updating its bylaws to ensure the overall structure is meeting the current and future needs of consumers and professionals as intended. To effectively complete the planning and restructuring process, committee and subcommittee meetings will be paused through Oct. 31. Healthy San Diego members will reconvene on Nov. 9 to review the proposed changes and collect feedback before submission to the Board of Supervisors for approval. Additional details and important timeline information are available in this letter from the Health & Human Services Agency.  

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS: CHA has released a resource on the new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program requirements that expand eligibility for California and Texas physicians. In addition, a Sept. 28 webinar hosted by CHA, the California Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Hospital Association — with the U.S. Department of Education — will provide information about eligible qualifying loans and new eligibility criteria. Registration is required.  

SAMHSA’S STRATEGIC PLAN: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released its 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, which emphasizes a more person-centered approach and introduces a new mission and vision, key priorities, and guiding principles. The plan’s five priority areas are:  

  • Preventing Substance Use and Overdose  
  • Enhancing Access to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services  
  • Promoting Resilience and Emotional Health for Children, Youth, and Families 
  • Integrating Behavioral and Physical Health Care  
  • Strengthening the Behavioral Health Workforce  

FAKE PHARMACY CALLERS: The Board of Pharmacy is warning licensees to be aware of scam callers claiming to represent the California State Board of Pharmacy or another government agency. In many cases, callers are attempting to extort money or elicit sensitive information — e.g., license numbers, DEA registration numbers, etc. — from licensees. More details, including techniques the fake callers are using, are available in this CHA News article.