A Community Forum will be held on March 14, 2013, to discuss the impact of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), in San Bernardino and neighboring counties. The Community Forum is sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), and facilitated by two MHSOAC committees, the Client and Family Leadership Committee and the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee.
Specifically, the MHSOAC is interested in hearing from stakeholders about how MHSA services and supports that were funded as a result of Proposition 63 have made a difference for them, their families and/or their community. MHSOAC Committee members and staff will facilitate a semi-structured discussion with attending stakeholders designed to elicit feedback and diverse views. Information and stories gleaned through this discussion will be summarized annually and used to provide feedback to the MHSOAC about how persons have experienced the MHSA in local communities throughout California. This information will be considered by the MHSOAC in shaping future policy direction.
The Community Forum is not a formal review or an audit of MHSA programs in San Bernardino and neighboring counties. The goal of the forums is to advance MHSOAC communication with the California public and provide opportunities to hear firsthand from stakeholders. Specific goals for the Community Forums include:
1. Provide opportunities for the MHSOAC to hear first hand from clients, family members and other stakeholders about their experience with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in local communities throughout California including what is working and what are the challenges.
2. Expand public awareness and education about Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and the MHSOAC.
3. Gather and collect information and stories, positive or negative,about the local experience and impact of the MHSA.
4. Expand the visibility of the MHSOAC by holding community forums throughout California, including areas of the state where the Commission does not usually meet.
5. The information gathered at Community Forums will be analyzed, summarized and reported annually to the Commission to shape the development of future policy direction.