CalMHSA Background

In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which provides an opportunity to transform the public mental health system in California by addressing a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and infrastructure support. The MHSA components are Community Services and Support, Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI), Workforce Education and Training, Innovation, and Capital Facilities and Technological Needs. More information about these components can be found at the Department of Mental Health's web page.

California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) was selected by the Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), also known as the OAC to oversee and administer the PEI statewide projects. CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA administers programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis. Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives are MHSA programs aimed at preventing suicides, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving student mental health.

PEI initiatives:

  • Are voter-approved and paid for through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63)
  • Transform California’s mental health services approach by uniting California’s diverse communities to embrace mental wellness and delivering the tools individuals need before they reach the crisis point
  • Provide an up-front investment that will pay off with sustained cost reductions in health, social services, education and criminal justice

The three PEI statewide projects administered through CalMHSA are:

Suicide Reduction Program

The MHSA Suicide Prevention initiative uses a full range of strategies from Prevention to Early Intervention to prevent suicide across ages and backgrounds. This program is based on the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention: Every Californian is part of the solution, approved June 30, 2008

Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Program

The MHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction initiative uses a full range of Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies to confront the fundamental causes of stigmatizing attitudes and discriminatory and prejudicial actions toward people with mental illness, across ages and backgrounds. This program is based on the California Strategic Plan on Reducing Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination, approved June 25, 2009

Student Mental Health Program

The MHSA Student Mental Health Initiative uses a full range of strategies including campus-based mental health programs, prevention, early intervention and peer-to-peer activities to promote mental wellness in the student population.

More information about the original Student Mental Health Initiative proposal and revisions can be found at the MHSOAC’s webpage under the heading Student Mental Health Initiative.

The CCC SMHP is one of the three higher education projects funded under the SMHI PEI statewide project. The California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office and the University of California Office of the President also received funding.

On March 24, 2011, Governor Brown assigned Assembly Bill 100 (AB 100) into law, making a number of changes to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), including the elimination of review and approval of county MHSA plans by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the MHSOAC. More information about AB 100 can be found below.

AB 100

Funded by CalMHSA, this program offers cost-free technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized EMM tools and resources to the CCC campuses.

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