Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

About the Mental Health Services Act
The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to counties to expand and develop innovative and integrated mental health services for children, youth, adults, and older adults. California voters passed Proposition 63 in November 2004 as the result of a grassroots coalition intending to transform public mental health care.

The intent of this website is to inform and invite you to participate in the implementation of the MHSA.
Maggie and Jane - Maggie Had Found a Home by Louise Hope

Purpose


The MHSA addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention, and service needs:
  • Older Adults and Dependent Adults Program provides in-home services to disabled adults, at- risk adults and older adults including outreach, education, assessment and treatment.
  • Regional Services reaches out and engages adults living in the outlying areas of Humboldt County and provides services to them as needed.
  • Comprehensive Community Treatment provides intensive community services and supports to clients to decrease hospitalization and achieve recovery.
  • The Hope Center is a peer-run center that provides peer-to-peer education and support, system navigation and linkage to services.
  • Transition Age Youth (TAY) Advocacy and Peer Support provides activities for youth and young adults ages 16-26 that are responsive to their needs, fostering youth development, advocacy, community engagement and youth wellness.
  • Suicide Prevention Program provides community education, outreach and engagement, and capacity building assistance around suicide prevention.
  • Parent Partners offer assistance in navigating the DHHS system, linking parents and caregivers with community resources, building natural supports and helping them identify their personal wellness goals.
  • Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) provides funding to the Humboldt County Office of Education to support the adoption and organization of evidence-based behavioral interventions that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

Plans or Updates

The Annual Update for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 is now posted and is available at the link below. When a new Plan or Update is ready for public comment, stakeholders will be informed via email and through a posting on this webpage. 

For additional information, contact MHSA Coordinator and Ethnic Services Manager Oliver Gonzalez at ogonzalezbobadilla@co.humboldt.ca.us.

To make a public comment, please email us at mhsacomments@co.humboldt.ca.us.

Behavioral Health Workforce Program


The Superior Regional Partnership, through the California Department of Healthcare Access and Information's (HCAI) Behavioral Health Program, has developed programs to increase the recruitment and retention of the behavioral health workforce. Humboldt County, in collaboration with other counties in the Superior region, has partnered with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and HCAI to make these programs available in exchange for commitments to a service obligation in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). The PMHS workforce consists of employees working for Humboldt County Behavioral Health or for a behavioral health organization that is contracted with Humboldt County Behavioral Health. These programs include loan repayment, graduate stipends and peer scholarships.

The Peer Scholarship Program application period begins on Aug. 15, 2022, and the application deadline is Sept. 30, 2022. To receive the program and application guide with all the information needed to apply, send an email to mhsacomments@co.humboldt.ca.us  and the guide will be emailed to you.

The application period for the Loan Repayment Program will open Oct. 1, 2022 and run through Nov. 15, 2022. The program and application guide for Loan Repayment will be available Oct. 1.

The Graduate Stipend Program application period for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in Spring 2023. More information about this program will be available at that time.