In 2004, California voters passed the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA (Proposition 63). The MHSA places a 1% tax on personal incomes over $1,000,000 and then distributes those funds to behavioral health departments across the state. The goal of the MHSA is to transform the public mental health system into one that is client- and family-driven, recovery-oriented, accessible, and culturally competent.
In Mono County, the Behavioral Health Department uses MHSA funds to pay for a very wide array of programs, activities, and services. These range from the wellness centers in Walker and Mammoth to the community socials in Bridgeport and Benton to North Star, our school-based counseling center.
For more information on how the MHSA is working in our community, please see the 2017-2020 Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Plan.
The Behavioral Department invites and encourages community members to submit comments on the draft plan to agreenberg [at] mono [dot] ca [dot] gov before August 22, 2017. Community members are also invited to attend a public hearing to share input on the plan:
Mono County Behavioral Health engages in ongoing quality improvement activities, ranging from starting new support groups in our local schools to reviewing charts to ensure that all information is up-to-date. To learn more about the quality improvement project going on in our communities, please see the 2017 Quality Improvement Work Plan. This work plan also references Mono County Behavioral Health's two performance improvement plans (PIPs): a clinical plan and a non-clinical plan. The department has also posted an evaluation of its 2016 work plan.