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Mental Health Services Act

Published on: 1/30/2015 12:41 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:
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 County Board of Supervisors approved and adopted the Plan.  Please Click here to access the approved Plan.  
**NEW Announcement – January 2015** The Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services will be starting the 45-day submission idea input period to obtain new ideas for our next round of INN projects from February 1, 2015 to March 18, 2015. Please refer to the document below for information on how to submit new ideas. All are asked to utilize the INN Idea Form to submit new ideas. Please note ideas for future INN projects must be new: to tryout something innovative that has the potential to transform the mental health system.
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We look forward to your participation; and welcome new ideas and recommendations for our County’s INN plan. Thank you.

Please send all comments/questions to, or by fax at: (408) 885‐5789. Thank you.