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In November 2004 the voters of California passed Proposition 63, which became known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Revenues from a one percent tax on incomes exceeding $1 million is used to expand mental health care for children, transition-age youth, adults, and older adults.
MHSA programs and services are guided by five principles designed to transform the public mental health system of care:
- Community collaboration: individuals, families, agencies, and businesses work together to accomplish a shared vision.
- Cultural competence: adopting behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable providers to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
- Client- and family-driven system of care: adult clients and families of children and youth identify needs and preferences that result in the most effective services and supports.
- Focus on wellness, including recovery and resilience: people diagnosed with a mental illness are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities.
- Integrated service experiences: services for clients and families are seamless. Clients and families do not have to negotiate with multiple agencies and funding sources to meet their needs.
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