Ryan, Patricia


Patricia Ryan is the Executive Director of the California Mental Health Directors Association and oversees their government relations and advocacy activities, including ongoing policy issue identification, analysis and advocacy. Her father was the late Congressman Leo J. Ryan, whom many of you may remember as the Congressman who was killed over 25 years ago in Jonestown, Guyana.

Prop. 63 Improving Lives and Communities

By Patricia Ryan
California Mental Health Directors Association

The nation’s recession and resulting state budget crisis have strained every part of our safety net, and California’s community mental health system is no exception.  But as communities across the state acknowledged Mental Illness Awareness Week this October, they also recognized that the investments made through Proposition 63 (the Mental Health Services Act) have positioned California to better meet the mental health needs of people in our communities now and in the future, and to do it more cost-effectively.