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MHS Legislation/Regulations

The primary legislation and regulations that govern CCC mental health services are provided here.

In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which provides an opportunity to transform the public mental health system in California by addressing a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and infrastructure support. The MHSA components are Community Services and Support, Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI), Workforce Education and Training, Innovation, and Capital Facilities and Technological Needs. Funding from the MHSA and implementation of the MHSA’s various components is primarily a function of county mental health and behavioral health. Select efforts to provide statewide impact in the area of prevention and early intervention have been by administering projects through CalMHSA.

The Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) was established to oversee all aspects of the MHSA implementation, including approval of various plans submitted by counties. The role of the MHSOAC changed with the passage of AB 100 (see below), and now provides technical assistance as well as approval of innovation plans. More information about the mission, role, and resources can be found on their website.

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) was selected by the Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), also known as the OAC, to oversee and administer the PEI statewide projects. CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. CalMHSA administers programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) on a statewide, regional and local basis.

There are also regulations that govern the Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives, which are MHSA programs aimed at preventing suicides, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving student mental health. For more information about these initiatives, including the Student Mental Health Initiative, please visit the PEI page on the DHCS Mental Health Services Division’s page and CalMHSA.

 On March 24, 2011, Governor Brown assigned Assembly Bill 100 (AB 100) into law, making a number of changes to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), including the elimination of review and approval of county MHSA plans by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the MHSOAC. More information about AB 100 can be found by following the link.  AB 100 - Link to bill