In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).The MHSA provides for a 1% tax on taxable personal income over $1 million MHSA tax revenues will be distributed to California counties through contract with the State Department of Mental Health (DMH). The MHSA calls for a transformed mental health system where access is easier, services are more effective, out-of-home and institutional care are reduced, and stigma toward those with severe mental illness or serious emotional disturbance no longer exists. Through the provisions of the MHSA, California counties worked with stakeholders to create a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, culturally competent mental health services system that promotes recovery/wellness for adults and older adults with server mental illness, and resiliency for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families.
October 2014 Update - The Mental Health Department (MHD) commenced the 30-day public review/comment period of the County's Draft MHSA FY15-17 Three Year Program and Expenditure plan (Plan) from July 30, 2014 to August 29, 2014. The public review/comment period is now closed. On September 3, 2014, the MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) endorsed the Plan. On September 8, 2014, the County's Mental Health Board held a public hearing and also voted/approved the Plan. On October 21,2014, the MHD will request the County Board of Supervisors adoption/approval of the Plan. Click here to access the Draft Plan. Thank you to all for participating in our community planning process.