MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT (formerly Prop 63)
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to counties to expand and develop innovative, integrate services for children, transition age youth, adults and older adults. The overall goal is to transform public mental health care. Formerly know as “Prop 63”, California voters passed the MHSA in the November 2004 election.
Mental Health Services Act Update – Fall 2006
Monterey County was the sixth county to obtain state approval of our Community Services and Supports Plan, the first component of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and has been approved to receive the following amounts:
Fiscal Year 2005-06: $1,159,474
Fiscal Year 2006-07: $3,885,167
Fiscal Year 2007-08: $4,118,277
In addition, state approval of one-time and start-up funds in the amount of $1,641,824 was received on August 30, 2006.
The State Department of Mental Health and the California Mental Health Directors Association are working to determine the funding amounts and allocation methods for the remaining components of MHSA, with final decisions expected within the next six (6) months.
New and Expanded Services to be Provided with MHSA Funds "Community Services and Supports Plan" - July 2008 (193 kb)
The Monterey County Behavioral Health Division continues to develop funding plans for the other components of MHSA, which include supported housing, capital projects and technology system improvement, workforce education and training, and prevention/early intervention services.
One major implementation challenge has been the dire shortage of mental health professionals, especially those with bi-lingual skills, compounded by the high-cost of living in Monterey County. Statewide, 4,300 new positions have been created to implement MHSA. Regional work force development efforts with community and state colleges and high schools have begun, and additional in-service training opportunities are being scheduled.