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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.


STAKEHOLDER LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: The Behavioral Health Services Department is looking for dedicated client/consumer families and advocates to fill up current vacant seats in the Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) to inform MHSA Planning. This is the list of current vacancies:

            a. South County Representative
               b. LGBTQ Communities Representative
               c. Veterans advocates
               d. Client/Consumer
               e. College-age youth advocate                      

*Please use the following link to complete and submit an application: 2020 MHSA SLC Application

 *To learn more about the role, use this link: MHSA SLC Roles and Responsibilities

You can also submit your application via phone, please call (408) 401-6117 to contact the MHSA Coordinator directly.   

MHSA PLANS: In September 2019, the BHSD began the Community Program Planning (CPP) process for its combined FY20 MHSA Annual Plan Update and MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan FY21- FY23. This catch-up approach was approved by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission in order to align county plans with reporting guidelines and requirements. On June 2, 2020, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved and adopted the plans. Thank you to all the members of the public, stakeholders, and Stakeholder Leadership Committee members for all the effort and input provided in this process.

Please use the following links to access the MHSA Plans:

          Please stay tuned for upcoming virtual meetings and workshops come August for the next planning process addressing COVID-19 related priorities.          

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: 8/7/2020 4:11 PM