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.
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 is from August 3, 2015 and September 2, 2015. Please review the plan document which summarizes the County’s progress in implementing MHSA programs and services; and provide your comment by utilizing the comment form. The Draft Plan and comment form documents are provided below.