Mental Health Services Act & Quality Improvement
Mental Health Services Act
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.
Beginning in FY 17-18, Mono County Behavioral Health is planning to partner with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health on their Innovation Plan. Innovation projects are defined as, “novel, creative, and/or ingenious mental health practices/approaches that contribute to learning and are developed within communities through a process that is inclusive and representative.”
The Innovation plan that LA County has proposed involves developing and implementing technology-based mental health solutions that can be accessed through personal devices such as computers or smartphones. The goal of the project will be to identify and engage individuals in need of mental health services and improve access to those services. Ultimately, this will also increase purpose, belonging, and social connectedness for users.
Mono County has been invited to join LA County as a rural partner and will participate in implementing the project and collecting outcomes data; Mono County's contribution to the $30 million project will be $85,000. You may review the Innovation Plan here.
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.
The Department of Healthcare Services creates annual statewide and county performance reports and dashboards. To view these dashboards, please visit the links below: