Briefing: Return on Investment of Early Intervention in Mental Health Care

A landmark new USC Schaeffer Center study demonstrates in stark terms the dramatic return on investment that society can reap by providing early treatment for people affected by mental health conditions, and the enormous economic costs and human suffering that comes from failing to do so. Featuring a formal economic analysis, the report finds that people with serious mental illness who have more than a high school education live a decade longer, work  14 years longer, and earn nearly five times more than those who do not finish high school. The authors’ conclusion: Policies that help identify and treat young adults early – when they first start to struggle with serious mental illness – and support their continuation in school and successful graduation are a true bargain.

Join the Steinberg Institute and the Schaeffer Center for a briefing on what California can learn about investing in mental health prevention and early intervention and mitigating burdensome lifetime costs of untreated mental illness.

Event Date
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Pacific
California State Capitol
Room 113

The mission of the Steinberg Institute is to advance sound public policy and inspire leadership on the issues of brain health.  Founded by Sacramento Mayor and former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the institute was created to upend the status quo and dramatically raise the profile and increase the effectiveness of mental health policy-making in California.

The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics is to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research and educational excellence, and private and public sector engagement. A unique collaboration between the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC) and the USC School of Pharmacy, the Center brings together health policy experts, pharmacoeconomics researchers and affiliated scholars from USC and other institutions.

For more information: Adrienne Shilton at (916) 553-4167,