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Mental Health Services Act

Published on: 2/3/2016 2:54 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.


What's New:

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:      

       ·   Approved FY16 MHSA Annual Update Plan Document

In December 2015, we held an MHSA SLC meeting regarding MHSA Innovation (INN) and shared information about submitted ideas we received from our stakeholders and the public. Our next INN meeting is scheduled on February 10, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and will be held at the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency office, located at 333 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA  95110, 1st Floor conference room. The purpose of the upcoming meeting is to discuss the selection of the ideas that will be moving forward and developed into INN projects as part of the County’s MHSA INN plan.

       ·   December 2015 MHSA SLC INN Meeting​

       ·   Listing of Submitted Ideas​

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