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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

Published on: 8/18/2016 4:39 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 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.




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


August 2016 MHSA Stakeholder Meeting Announcement

The next MHSA SLC Meeting is slated for Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Santa Clara County Downtown Mental Health Center located at 1075 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116, 2nd Floor, Training Room #4 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. We hope you can join us. Should you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Moral by email: The meeting will cover the following topics:


  1. Draft Plan of three new County MHSA INN projects
    1. Faith Based Training and Supports INN Project
    2. Client and Consumer Employment INN Project
    3. Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and Peer Linkage INN Project
  2. The final selection of the 2016 submitted INN ideas that will be developed into a new INN project
  3. The County’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 MHSA Annual Update Process
  4. Evaluation of the County’s MHSA programs in preparation for the County’s MHSA Three-Year Planning Process for FY2018-2020



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