Mental Health Services Act Report
This past Wednesday, former Senator Daryl Steinberg held a press conference in Sacramento to present information on the impact that the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) has had through the implementation of Full Service Partnerships. Senator Steinberg who recently launched the Steinberg Institute to advocate for behavioral health services presented this data along with Robert Oakes, Executive Director from the County Behavioral Health Directors Association.
The report (see link below) analyzed the life impacts of more than 35,000 Californians who received “Whatever-It-Takes”
intensive Full Service Partnership services in 2011 from MHSA, in addition to the other outcomes produced in this report for 2012 and 2013, the evidence is clear that MHSA is reducing hospitalizations, jail time, out-of-home
placement for children, and improving the lives of thousands of people. In San Mateo County we have comparable results. Without these services, many if not most of thes people would have been hospitalized, incarcerated and in out of home placements.
This data along with those from other components funded through MHSA has and continues to have a significant impact on thousands of individuals, their families and the community. The investment of these dollars is certainly “paying off”!