Recent Publication of the MHSA Audit Report (August 2013)
In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, now referred to as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), establishing new tax revenues to expand and improve local public mental health systems. MHSA funding comes from a 1% tax on taxable individual incomes over $1 million.
In August 2012, Senate Pro Tempore Steinberg requested an outcome and performance review of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Senator Steinberg’s letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) Chair requested a review of the MHSA for the most recent six-year period, in a number of areas: assessment of county implementation of MHSA; fiscal reconciliation of revenues and allocations to counties; and reporting of data by individual counties in the aggregate. A copy of the letter can be found here
On August 15, 2013, the California State Auditor's Office released their audit findings and recommendations. Links to the full Audit Report and Fact Sheet are listed below:
- 2012-122 Audit Report: Mental Health Services Act: The State's Oversight Has Provided Little Assurance of the Act's Effectiveness, and Some Counties Can Improve Measurement of Their Program Performance
- 2012-122 Audit MHSA Report Fact Sheet
- 2012-122 Audit Recommendations Progress Update