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MHSA (About Us)

The passage of Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) in November 2004, provided the opportunity 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. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.

Mental Health Service Act Section 5822 (d) established regional partnerships among the mental health system and the educational system to expand outreach to multicultural communities, increase the diversity of the mental health workforce, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to promote the use of web‐based technologies, and distance learning techniques.

This Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million. Statewide, the Act was projected to generate approximately $254 million in fiscal year 2004-05, $683 million in 2005-06 and increasing amounts thereafter. Much of the funding will be provided to county mental health programs to fund programs consistent with their local plans.

To view the full text of the MHSA, go to: http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/wet.html  

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