Requesting Letters of Interest for MHSA Innovation Funding

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation funds provide exciting opportunities to learn something new that has the potential to transform the mental health system.  Innovative projects are defined as novel, creative, ingenious approaches developed within communities and lead to learning for the mental health system. In the fall of 2014, the Community Program Planning (CPP) process to develop the MHSA Three-Year Plan included generating ideas for innovative projects. The MHSA Steering Committee made recommendations on which projects to move forward for further exploration, listed below in order of votes received. For the next phase of the MHSA INN project development, we are requesting a Letter of Interest from organizations for the following six project areas:

• The Health Ambassador Program
• Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) for adults
• Housing advocacy services
• LGBTQ Behavioral Health Center
• Technology Innovations to support youth treatment and crisis
• Technology Innovations for engaging isolated and hard-to-reach adults

The Innovation Letter of Interest Form and instructions are available at the MHSA website. The deadline to submit interest is July 10, 2015. For more information on any of the proposed project areas, please contact Doris Estremera at (650)573-2889 or