Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention Task Force


Starting this Friday, October 27th, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) will be convening a Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Task Force to develop strategies to better serve the behavioral health care needs of individuals ages 0-25.

The last PEI Task Force was assembled in 2006 prior to the disbursement of MHSA funding. Since then, learning and best practices have emerged; context and environment have shifted. For three 2-hour meetings, this special time-limited task force is intended to make recommendations for prevention and early intervention priorities and programming for children, youth and transition age youth in San Mateo County as part of the MHSA Three-Year Plan.

The PEI Task Force will be comprised of clients and families, stakeholders, and a broad range of subject matter experts. It will be co-led by Toni DeMarco, Deputy Director Child and Youth Services and Doris Estremera, MHSA Manager, Office of Diversity and Equity.

This task force is open to the public and anyone with expertise on the subject matter is highly encouraged to participate.

MHSA provides a dedicated source of funding in California for mental health services by imposing a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.

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