Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

In November 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), intended to expand and transform county mental health services throughout California. While the proposition passed with 54% of the vote statewide, Marin County voted 63% in favor. The MHSA raises additional taxes for the State, which are then allocated to each county.

County MHSA plans are developed with local stakeholders, including individuals living with mental health challenges and their families, providers of services, law enforcement agencies, education, social services agencies, veterans, representatives from veterans' organizations, providers of alcohol and drug services, health care organizations, and other interested community members.

MHSA Three-Year Plan

MHSA in Marin

CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Services should reflect the values, customs, beliefs, and languages of the populations served and eliminate disparities in service access.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: Services should strengthen partnerships with diverse sectors to help create opportunities for employment, housing, and education.

CLIENT, CONSUMER, AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT: Services should engage clients, consumers, and families in planning, policy development, service delivery and evaluation.

INTEGRATED SERVICE DELIVERY: Services should reinforce coordinated agency efforts to create a seamless experience for clients, consumers and families.

WELLNESS, RECOVERY, AND RESILIENCE FOCUS: Services should promote recovery and resiliency by allowing clients and consumers to participate in defining their own goals so they can live fulfilling and productive lives.