Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento

Mayor of Sacramento, Former Senate President pro Tem, J.D., Founder, Steinberg Institute

Mayor Darrell Steinberg is one of the most respected political leaders in California, having most recently served as President Pro Tem of the California State Senate from 2008 to 2014. His more than twenty-year career in public service also included six years in both the State Assembly and on the Sacramento City Council. Over the course of his legislative tenure, Steinberg forged difficult agreements to usher the state from a $42 billion deficit to a surplus budget, implemented groundbreaking mental healthcare legislation, strengthened the state’s foster care system, improved K-12 education standards, and made historic investments in California’s water and transportation infrastructure.

While his resume lists achievements in multiple areas, advancing mental healthcare policy has always been among Steinberg’s top priorities. Some of his most well-known contributions include Proposition 63 (2004), which provides over 2 billion dollars per year for mental health services in California, and SB 946, a groundbreaking law that ensures insurance companies cover treatment of children with autism and related disorders and SB 82 which infused significant funding into the the expansion of crises care facilities and mobile units.

In January 2015, Darrell established the Steinberg Institute which is dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on the issues of mental health. Since its inception, the Institute has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and solutions to what he calls “the under-attended issue of our time.”  Most recently, the Steinberg Institute, in partnership with the Senate President pro Tem, Kevin de Leon, succeeded at securing a $2 billion bond (No Place Like Home) to provide permanent supportive housing to those who live on the streets with a serious mental illness.   Moving forward the Institute will focus on prevention and early intervention; creating incentives to enter and stay in the mental health profession; and, working with business and technology leaders across the country to create innovative solutions that will serve to improve the mental health system of care.

Having gained the respect and trust of providers, decision makers, business leaders and advocacy organizations across the state, the Steinberg Institute stands ready to move forward in our efforts to ensure issues of the brain are equal to issues of the body.