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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or by fax to (408) 885-5789. Thank you.
Next round of Innovation
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.