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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

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 a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services (DCHS). The MHSA calls for a transformed behavioral 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 behavioral health services system that promotes recovery/wellness for adults and older adults with severe mental illness, and resiliency for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families.

The Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) has commenced its Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) community program planning process. All community program planning process meetings are open to the public.

See below for upcoming opportunities to provide input and inform the planning process:

FY20 MHSA Community Program Planning Process (CPPP) Meeting

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SJECCD Milpitas Extension Campus
1450 Escuela Parkway
Milpitas, CA 95035

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Milpitas Unified School District Office
1331 East Calaveras Blvd (Board Room)
Milpitas, CA 95035

Tuesday, November 12, 2019​​
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Santa Clara County Office of Education
Educator Resource Center (ERC3)
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

Please use the links below to access FY19 MHSA Annual Plan Documents:

Behavioral Health Services Department presents the approved and adopted FY18 - FY20 MHSA Program and Expenditure Plan. The Plan, which includes the Reversion Plan, was unanimously approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on June 19, 2018 at their general meeting.  Please use the following links to access the adopted Three-Year Plan.

FY 16-17 MHSA Annual Update Adopted
FY17 MHSA Annual Update Presentations

MHSA Innovation

Please send all comments/questions to:​​

Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Senior Manager​
Phone: 1 408-885-5785
Fax: (408) 885‐5789​


Last updated: 10/29/2019 1:53 PM