|Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)|
California voters passed Proposition 63 in November 2004, the Mental Health Services Act, (MHSA) with 53.4% of the vote. Now, through the provisions of the MHSA, the challenges become the opportunities to fund a community mental health system that adequately meets the needs of children, adults, and older adults with serious mental illness and reduces the long-term adverse impact resulting from untreated serious mental illness. To get more information regarding the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63), visit theCalifornia Department of Health Care Serviceswebsite.
MHSA Three-Year Plan and Annual Plan Updates in Chronological Order
MHSA Annual Update
Latest State Notices
Network of Care
Network of Care is an internet resource guide and "community” for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental
and emotional health issues.
The following MHSA Programs are currently IN OPERATION.
Local/County Community Planning
The Mental Health Services Act offers San Bernardino County the opportunity to renew its focus on reaching out to the stakeholder
network and building capacity for comprehensive and ongoing system planning, implementation and evaluation. The Department of Behavioral
Health has established a committee structure and membership that includes stakeholder and consumer groups to assist with the community
planning process. The organization structure also reflects proposed staffing plans to support the Program Planning process.
Community Services and Supports
Through the community planning process, San Bernardino County identified priority community issues that formed the foundation for preparation
of the CSS plan and various program proposals for the four age specific target populations.
The San Bernardino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
Housing Plan calls for the creation of 150 new units of dedicated permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness
(SMI) who are homeless or at significant risk of becoming homeless (as defined by the State of California MHSA Housing Program) and who
otherwise meet the State of California MHSA Housing Program target population description.
Prevention and Early Intervention
San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and their stakeholder committee have determined that the plan for the MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) and the projects proposed to implement the plan are designed to meet: 1) the priorities identified by local community stakeholders, 2) the key community health needs and priority populations outlined in the MHSA PEI guidelines, and 3) the need to develop a transformation system that recognized prevention and Early Intervention as the cornerstone to building a comprehensive, community-responsive, recovery focused system of care.
Workforce Education and Training
San Bernardino County’s Workforce Education and Training component of the Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan addresses the shortage of
qualified individuals who provide services in San Bernardino County’s Public Mental Health System. This includes community based organizations
and individuals in solo or small group practices who provide publicly funded mental health services to the degree they comprise our county’s
Public Mental Health System workforce. This Workforce Education and Training component is consistent with and supportive of the vision,
values, mission, goals, objectives and proposed actions of California’s MHSA Workforce Education and Training Five-Year Strategic Plan
(Five-Year Plan), and San Bernardino County’s current MHSA Community Services and Supports component.
Capital Facilities and Information Technology
San Bernardino County DBH intends to use Capital Facilities funds to increase the San Bernardino County’s infrastructure to produce long-term
impacts with lasting benefits that will move its mental health system toward the goals of wellness, recovery and resiliency. The increased
infrastructure will include the development of community-based facilities that will provide expanded opportunities for accessible community-based
services. The Information Technology Component will modernize and transform information systems and increase consumer and family empowerment.
The projects will also provide technology solutions to significantly improve quality of care through current and accurate accounting of consumer
mental health history.
The voters of the State of California passed the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in November 2004. The purpose and intent of the MHSA is "to
reduce the long-term adverse impact on individuals, families and sate and local budgets resulting from untreated serious, mental illness....to
insure that all funds are expended in the most cost effective manner.... to ensure accountability to taxpayers and to the public." To accomplish
this purpose, funding is provided to adequately address the mental health needs of unserved and underserved populations by expanding and developing
services and supports that have proven to produce successful outcomes, are considered to be innovative, cultural and linguistically competent,
community based, consumer and family oriented, and consistent with evidence-based practices. MHSA represented the first opportunity in many years
for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health
programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families.
State and Other Related Links:
California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH MHSA) Resources for Planning & Implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA - Formerly Proposition 63).
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