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Mental Health Services Act

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Since 2011, the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) has led efforts in prevention and early intervention programs that change attitudes and behaviors towards mental illness and mental health. Its statewide social marketing campaign, Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement collaborates with community partners to raise mental health awareness, reduce stigma and prevent suicide through the programs Know the Signs, Walk In Our Shoes and Directing Change. Exposure to these initiatives has resulted in Californians reporting higher levels of mental health awareness and intervention efficacy.

The success of California’s mental health movement depends on the support from community partners across the state. Community-based organizations provide critical support in the creation and dissemination of mental health programs for California’s diverse communities. These partnerships have resulted in significant achievements that include:

  • 3.8 million Californians recognized the Each Mind Matters lime green awareness ribbon
  • 1.6 million people initiated a conversation about mental health after recognizing the lime green awareness ribbon
  • 5.4% more Californians exposed to Each Mind Matters turn to help for mental health challenges.

Through its innovative mental health prevention and early intervention programs, CalMHSA and its community partners are leading the conversation surrounding mental health awareness, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention in California. Learn more about CalMHSA’s programs by watching this video.


Proposition 63, also known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), is made up of five components; Community Services and Supports, Prevention & Early Intervention, Innovation, Capital Facilities and Technological Needs, and Workforce Education and Training.

Community Services and Support

Community Services and Supports (CSS) is the largest component of the MHSA. The CSS component is focused on community collaboration, cultural competence, client and family driven services and systems, wellness focus, which includes concepts of recovery and resilience, integrated service experiences for clients and families, as well as serving the unserved and underserved. Housing is also a large part of the CSS component.

Prevention & Early Intervention

The MHSOAC controls funding approval for the Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) component of the MHSA. The goal of Prevention & Early Intervention is to help counties implement services that promote wellness, foster health, and prevent the suffering that can result from untreated mental illness. The Prevention & Early Intervention component requires collaboration with consumers and family members in the development of PEI projects and programs.


The MHSOAC controls funding approval for the Innovation (INN) component of the MHSA. The goal of Innovation is to increase access to underserved groups, increase the quality of services, promote interagency collaboration and increase access to services. Counties select one or more of the above mentioned goals and use those goals as the primary priority or priorities for their proposed Innovation plan.  The Siskiyou County Innovation Plan found in the MHSA Resource Center is now available.

Capital Facilities and Technological Needs

The Capital Facilities and Technological Needs (CFTN) component works towards the creation of a facility that is used for the delivery of MHSA services to mental health clients and their families or for administrative offices. Funds may also be used to support an increase in peer-support and consumer-run facilities, development of community-based settings, and the development of a technological infrastructure for the mental health system to facilitate the highest quality and cost-effective services and supports for clients and their families.

Workforce Education and Training

The goal of the Workforce Education and Training (WET) component is to develop a diverse workforce. Clients and families/caregivers are given training to help others by providing skills to promote wellness and other positive mental health outcomes, they are able to work collaboratively to deliver client and family-driven services, provide outreach to unserved and underserved populations, as well as services that are linguistically and culturally competent and relevant, and include the viewpoints and expertise of clients and their families/caregivers.


MHSA Resource Center

Resource Title Downloadable File Type
Say This Not That Download File Other
Social Media Guide Download File Other
2016 - 2017 MHSA Annual Update Download File Other
Mental Health Month Board of Supervisors Resolution Download File Other
2017-2020 - MHSA Three-Year Plan - Exhibits (Certifications) Download File
2017-2020-MHSA Three-Year Plan - Expenditure plan Download File
2017-2020-MHSA Three-Year Plan - Final Signed Download File
2018 - 2019 Annual Update - Draft for Public Comment Download File Other
2018 - 2019 MHSA Annual Update Funding Summary Download File Other
MHSA-PEI Outcome Data Download File Other