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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

Published on: 5/23/2016 1:39 PM

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 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 behvioral health services system that promotes recovery/wellness for adults and older adults with servere mental illness, and resiliency for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families.




FY16 MHSA Annual Update

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department’s 30-day public review and comment period of the County’s FY16 MHSA Annual Update Draft (Draft) Plan occurred from August 3, 2015 through September 2, 2015. On November 9, 2015 the MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) membership voted and endorsed the Draft Plan. On December 4, 2015, a Behavioral Health Board (BHB) public hearing meeting was held on the Draft Plan. At the public hearing, a motion was taken for the BHB to review and recommend the Draft Plan; the action passed. On December 15, 2015 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved and adopted the County’s FY16 MHSA Annual Update Plan. Thank you to all who participated in our community planning process.

FY16 MHSA Annual Update Presentations and Plan Document:


MHSA Innovation

**Latest News** The Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) will be initiating a 30-day timeline to solicit new ideas for consideration for the County’s MHSA Innovation (INN) Plan. Please refer to the MHSA INN Cover Letter and INN Idea Form document listed below for information about the four program areas BHSD is specifically seeking new ideas on and the submission requirements. The 30-day timeline will be from February 17, 2016 to March 18, 2016. Use the INN Idea Form to submit new ideas. Please note ideas for future INN projects must be new: to tryout something innovative that has the potential to transform the mental health system. Update: The new idea submission period has been extended through Friday, April 1, 2016.

2016 Santa Clara County MHSA Innovation Cover Letter and INN Idea Form


In addition, BHSD will be holding focus group meetings regarding the three new INN projects: Client and Consumer Employment, Faith Based Training and Supports, and Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and Peer Linkage. There will be one focus group meeting for each new INN project. The focus group meetings will be held at Santa Clara County Training and Conference Center at Charcot, 2310 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95131, 1st Floor, Conference Room 1. The table below reflects the date and time for each INN focus group meeting. For reference, the February 2016 presentation is provided below which includes information about the new INN projects. We hope to see you at the focus group meetings.


INN Project Focus Group Meeting Topic
Meeting Date and Time
1. Faith Based Training and Supports
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
2. Client and Consumer Employment
Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
3. Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and Peer Linkage
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Meeting Location: Santa Clara County Training and Conference Center at Charcot, 2310 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95131, 1st Floor, Training Room 1


We look forward to your participation in the INN community planning process. Thank you.


February 2016 MHSA SLC Innovation Meeting


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Please send all comments/questions to, or by fax at: (408) 885‐5789. Thank you.​​