Jerry Jeffe, MS, brings over 40 years’ experience in mental health, advocacy, and government compliance to the OPEN MINDS team. He has staffed many coalitions in the healthcare, mental health, and law and justice fields are active in national mental health advocacy organizations and are knowledgeable on issues concerning the release of prisoners with a mental illness who are released back into the community.
Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Jeffe was the Public Policy Director of the California Chronic Care Coalition, where he provided public policy and legislative advice to organizations that work on issues dealing with chronic conditions and prevention, federal healthcare reform implementation, and patient-centered programs.
He is also a former county government budget analyst who was primarily responsible for healthcare, human services, and law and justice issues. He has handled legislative advocacy and analysis, bill tracking, and public policy issue analysis for trade associations, cities, and counties in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and the Western United States.
Additionally, he is the author of several reference books on California and Federal government information and data and over 600 newspaper and magazine articles. He has co-written and co-produced broadcast-quality videos on a variety of healthcare topics and has contributed to or edited numerous white papers or staff reports on issues such as mental health parity, access issues for the underserved who have a mental illness and/or lack health insurance, patients in managed healthcare plans, federal health care reform, including ACA implementation with a special emphasis on health exchanges, 1115 Medi-Cal Waiver Renewal, fail-first policies, and drug formularies.
Mr. Jeffe earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Service from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.