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 a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services (DCHS). The MHSA calls for a transformed behavioral 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 behavioral health services system that promotes recovery/wellness for adults and older adults with severe mental illness, and resiliency for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families.
MHSA Resources Links:
- Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) as of 01-27-20
- California Department of Health Care Services
- Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
- California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)
- MHSA/MH System/Glossary of Terms