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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.

Take the SurveyYour Voice Counts!

The MHSA Client and Consumer survey seeks to gather feedback from consumers and family members of consumers. Consumers include any individuals who receive services from doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, case managers, practitioners, or any professionals that provide mental health services.  The information you provide will help inform county leadership on priorities for MHSA programs and services. Thank you for your time.
English Survey Link: Click here
Download a paper survey here

繁體中文 Chinese Survey Link: Click here
Español Spanish Survey Link: Click here
Tagalog Survey Link: Click here
Tiếng Việt Vietnamese  Survey Link: Click here

Please join the Behavioral Health Services Department for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Planning Forum open to the County of Santa Clara community. The forum will provide a venue for consumers/clients, families and other community supports to discuss, inform, and prioritize program and innovations planning for Fiscal Years 2021-2023 addressing the following three key areas:
            • prevention and early intervention with a focus on children and youth
            • prevention of homelessness
            • workforce education and training

2020 MHSA Planning Forum
January 21, 2020, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA

8:00 – 8:30   
Breakfast, Registration & Resource Tables                                                                                                             San Jose Room
8:30 – 8:50

Welcome and Opening from Behavioral Health Services Director
Toni Tullys, MPA
Director, Behavioral Health Services
                                          San Jose Room        
8:50 – 9:00

Address from County Superintendent of Schools                                                                                              San Jose Room
Mary Ann Dewan, Ph.D. ​                                                                                                                                                                         
9:00 – 9:20

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Overview and the Sessions of the Day                                            San Jose Room
Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                      
9:20 – 9:30
​​Break & Stretch                               
9:30 – 10:30

​Breakout Group #1: Overview, Input & Sharing by System of Care                                                           San Jose Room                                  Session A: Prevention & Early Intervention, Roshni Shah, MPH                                                                  Educator Resource Center
Session B: Prevention of Homelessness, Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH                                                       Room 1 & 2  
​10:30 - 11:40                     Break & Stretch
​10:40- 11:40                       Breakout Group #2: Overview, Input & Sharing by System of Care                                                         San Jose Room
                                                Session C: Prevention & Early Intervention, Roshni Shah, MPH                                                               Education Resource Center
                                                Session D: Workforce Education & Training, Jeannette Ferris, MPH                                                        Room 1 & 2
11:40 - 12:30                       Lunch,  Networking & Resource Tables   
12:30 - 1:30                      Breakout Group #3
                                             Session E: Innovations, Gina Vittori, MPH: Overview of Innovations, Current Innovative Projects,          San Jose Room
                                             Innovations Submission Process, Breakouts by Topic: Prevention & Early Intervention,
                                             Prevention of Homelessness, Workforce Education & Training
1:30 - 2:00                        Closing & Next Steps with Stakeholder Leadership Committee                                                                       San Jose Room
                                              Open to all                                                                                                                                        

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: 1/17/2020 4:14 PM