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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.



Thank you to everyone who sent a comment and valuable input during the 30-Day Public Comment Period.  All of your comments and suggestions have been reviewed and the Department has prepared comprehensive responses. The next step in the process is the Board of Supervisor adoption of the FY19 MHSA Annual Plan Update.  This has been scheduled for May 21, 2019.

See the links below for the latest information regarding the process so far.
MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) Open Seats:  
The MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee will provide input on the Community Planning Process and development of the MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan (MHSA Plan) and the Annual Updates (California Code of Regulations, Section 3300). The MHSA SLC will also open the required 30-Day public comment period for the Draft MHSA Plan and, in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Board, will facilitate a public hearing (CCR § 3315). These are the current open seats:
  • Faith-based advocate
  • Social Services provider 
Please click on the hyperlinks below to download, save and submit your application for consideration to serve on the MHSA SLC.  Please email to For more information call me at (408) 885-3982.



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 link to access the adopted Three-Year Plan.

Please contact Evelyn Tirumalai, MHSA Coordinator, for more information or questions.  Evelyn can be reached via email at or by phone at 1 408-885-5785.


FY17 MHSA Annual Update Adopted
To access the FY17 MHSA Annual Plan and INN Projects, please click on the link below.
FY17 MHSA Annual Update Presentations
Last updated: 5/2/2019 3:16 PM