Dr. Cameron “Cam” Quanbeck became the newest member of our Board of Directors in October, bringing to the organization insight and experience developed as a forensic psychiatrist working in jails and community mental health centers in California.
“Cam has real-world, down-to-earth experience with the kinds of individuals for whom we advocate in the settings we study and report about,” said Executive Director James Pavle. “He’s a pragmatic professional with youthful energy, and we know he’ll be an important new voice in our leadership.”
Dr. Quanbeck received Bachelor of Science degrees in zoology and psychology before studying for his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin. After completing a psychiatry residency at UCLA and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at UC Davis, he spent most of the 2000s as an attending physician at Sacramento County Jail and as a research and education consultant to Napa State Hospital.
"After spending years working in California's jails, state hospitals and acute psychiatric community facilities, I've realized that assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) is the final piece in the puzzle that will finally realize the dream of deinstitutionalization," says Dr. Quanbeck. "Recovery in the community is what California needs right now to address it's problems in serving those with a serious mental illness."
A member of California’s LPS Reform Task Force that studied and made recommendations for reforming California's mental health law on involuntary treatment for mental illness in 2001, the new board member is a long-time supporter of Laura’s Law, California’s assisted outpatient treatment statute. His professional presentations and papers address a host of topics, including the role of antipsychotics in preventing psychotic violence, hospital inpatient violence, preventing jail suicide, and risks and benefits of psychiatric medications. He currently serves as psychiatric specialist for the San Mateo Medical Center in California.