Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

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In November 2004 the voters of California passed Proposition 63, which imposed a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.  The law, known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), provides increased funding for mental health services. Additional information is available from the California Department of Health Care Services and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Issue Resolution

If you are a stakeholder and wish to resolve an issue concerning an MHSA program, service or activity, information is here.

Guiding Principles

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.  

Key Documents

MHSA One Year Plan Update (2021-2022) – Draft (16 JUL 2021)

RISE Final Evaluation Report

Developing an Effective Multidisciplinary Response to Serve Exploited Youth – MHSA Innovations RISE Toolkit

Santa Barbara County FY 19-20 MHSA Revenue and Expenditure Report

Help@Hand Project Evaluation Quarter 3 Report

MHSA Three Year Plan Update 2020-2023

MHSA Three-Year Plan (2020-2023) 30 Day Posting 

An archive of Santa Barbara County MHSA documents may be found here.


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