Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Update + Modernizing of MHSA
MHSA Three-Year Plan
MHSA has provided a dedicated funding to transform County behavioral health services for children, youth, transition-age youth, adults, older adults, and families by imposing a 1% tax on personal income over $1 million in California. MHSA legislation requires the development of a Three-Year Plan to identify priorities for funding mental health and substance use services, programming, infrastructure, workforce, and various other strategies.
A Community Program Planning (CPP) process for the MHSA Three-Year Plan kicked off in the Fall 2022 with an MHSA Three-Year Plan Workgroup made up clients, family members, community-based agencies and community leaders. This Workgroup provided input on the planning process to ensure inclusivity and accessibility, reviewed and advised on data needed to support a thorough a Needs Assessment phase, and supported opportunities for community input on strategies to address the needs during a Strategy Development phase. Over 40 sources of data were reviewed and informed behavioral health needs, including a community survey distributed broadly. Over 30 community input sessions were facilitated with local groups, vulnerable communities and collaboratives to identify priority programs, services, and strategies. A summary of the strategy recommendations will be presented to the MHSA Steering Committee meeting scheduled for May 4, 2023, from 3-4:30pm. This will be hybrid (in-person/online), open to the public. For more information, visit the MHSA website, www.scmhealth.org/MHSA, and click on the “Announcements” tab.
MHSA Innovations (INN)
BHRS is excited to announce that four new MHSA INN projects proposed were approved by both the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the state Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). The MHSA INN projects include the Adult Residential In-Home Support Element (ARISE), Mobile Behavioral Health Services for Farmworkers, Recovery Connection Drop-in Center, and Music Therapy for Asians and Asian Americans. More on these projects can be found in the Dececember BHRS Director’s Update. A Request for Proposal process was conducted and BHRS is currently selecting the providers for these new services, which we expect to start-up July 1, 2023. Additionally, a previously approved MHSA INN project, the Pacific Islanders Organizing, Nurturing, and Empowering Everyone to Rise and Serve (PIONEERS) Program was recently awarded to HealthRIGHT 360’s Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) agency and is expected to also launch July 1st. The PIONEERS program will provide culturally relevant, behavioral health support for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (NHPI) youth and young adults across San Mateo County.
MHSA INN projects are 3 to 5-year pilot projects intended to develop new approaches and community-driven best practices in behavioral health care systems. INN funding has provided a means for BHRS to pilot new approaches to engaging and serving individuals living with behavioral health challenges such as, the San Mateo County Pride Center, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in the Adult System of Care, and the Kapwa Kultural Center & Cafe, a Filipina/x/o youth-focused social enterprise cafe in Daly City.
Written by Doris Estremera (she/her), Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Manager
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