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Mental Health Services Act

Published on: 5/5/2014 2:04 PM


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.
What's New:
The Mental Health Department (MHD) posted the County’s FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update Draft Plan from August 2, 2013 through September 1, 2013 for the required 30-day public review/comment period.  At the end of the 30-day period, the MHD held a MHSA SLC meeting on September 5, 2013 to present substantive changes made to the proposed FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update Draft plan that was posted on August 2, 2013 and also requested committee members’ endorsement of the FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update Draft Plan. The vote reached consensus and the FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update Draft was endorsed by the MHSA SLC.
The MHSA requires the Mental Health Board (MHB) to conduct a public hearing at the close of the 30-day public review and comment period of the MHSA Annual Update Draft. The MHD convened a MHB public hearing on September 9, 2013 and a motion was taken to approve the proposed FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update Draft; the action passed unanimously. Meeting materials from the MHSA MHB public hearing can be found by clicking on this Link. On October 22, 2013, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted the MHSA FY13/14 Annual Update as endorsed by the MHSA SLC and approved by the County’s MHB.
MAY 2014 UPDATE -- In November 2013, the County MHD held a MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) meeting and shared the MHD’s MHSA (FY15-17) three-year community planning process structure which is being conducted in four phases (click here for timeline). From February 2014 through April 2014, the MHD participated in MHB subcommittee meetings to review MHSA funded programs and preliminary recommendations (click here for schedule). On April 30, 2014, the MHD held a MHSA SLC meeting and provided a summary of the information presented at the various MHB MHSA Planning meetings. The MHD also requested additional input/feedback from MHSA SLC participants at the meeting (click here for meeting presentation info). The next step is phase III of phase IV of the three-year planning process. In June 2014, the MHD plans to hold a MHSA SLC meeting to share updated information on the County’s MHSA three-year plan. This site page will be updated with the June 2014 meeting information as soon as it becomes available.
Individuals unable to attend the MHSA three-year planning meetings with the MHB or MHSA SLC are invited to provide comment/input on current MHSA programs as described in the FY13-14 MHSA Annual Update (click here to access plan document). Please click here for the comment form and email to or fax to 408-885-5789.
Please send all comments/questions to, or by fax at: (408) 885‐5789. Thank you.