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Mental Health Services Act

Published on: 6/24/2015 2:34 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 State Department of Mental Health (DMH).  The MHSA calls for a transformed mental 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 mental health services system that promotes recovery/wellness for adults and older adults with server mental illness, and resiliency for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families.
In October 2014, the County Board of Supervisors approved and adopted the County’s MHSA Fiscal Year (FY) 15-17 Three Year Program and Expenditure plan. 
What's New:

FY16 MHSA Annual Update:  In June 2015, the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) held a MHSA Stakeholder Leadership Committee (SLC) meeting to share BHSD’s MHSA FY16 Annual Update community planning process structure, news/updates and timeline. Please click here​ to access the meeting presentation. BHSD will be conducting the annual update planning process in three stages. Below is a document with timeline information. The next step will involve BHSD’s participation in Behavioral Health Board (BHB) subcommittee meetings in July 2015 to present the initial recommendations for the FY16 MHSA Annual Update Draft Plan. Below is a document with the BHB Subcommittee July 2015 meeting dates and topics. Please come and join us. We invite you to participate in the MHSA Annual Update process.

Individuals unable to attend the BHB July 2015 meetings are invited to provide feedback and input on current MHSA programs described in the County’s approved MHSA FY15-17 Three-Year Plan (click here to access the plan document). Please click here to access the comment form. Submit completed forms by email to or by fax to (408) 885-5789. Thank you.

Next round of Innovation (INN) planning:  Recently, BHSD held MHSA SLC meetings in December 2014 and January 2015 about the next round of MHSA INN planning.  At the meetings, we shared BHSD’s INN planning process structure which is being conducted in four phases (click here for details).  In February 2015, we commenced the County's 45-day submission idea input period to obtain new ideas for our next round of INN projects.  Stakeholders were requested to submit ideas utilizing an INN Idea Form.  We want to give thanks to all who attended the orientation meetings as well as to those individuals who submitted potential new INN ideas.  We appreciate your efforts and taking the time to participate and be involved in the process.  BHSD is currently still in phase two of the process.  We will keep you posted as we transition to phase three of the process.

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