Tribute: Mental Health Champion Rusty Selix
The mental health community lost a strong ally and champion, with the passing of Rusty Selix this week.
Selix will be remembered for his innovative advocacy efforts to support better mental health services for Californians, as the former head of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), and with his work for other state organizations and coalitions. Notably, he was co-author of California’s Mental Health Services Act, a landmark 2004 ballot measure (Proposition 63) to expand and improve county mental health services. NAMI California was a proud partner in making sure the proposition passed, and we were honored to work alongside Selix on this and other advocacy efforts here in Sacramento.
His commitment to advocate for the underserved was inspiring to so many of us in the field. “He was a genius, solid rock, and fierce advocate for mental health issues, families and individuals,” says NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz. “His wisdom will continue and his legacy will never be forgotten.”
Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.