Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
The passage of Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) in November 2004, provides the first opportunity in many years for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.
This Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million. Statewide, the Act was projected to generate approximately $254 million in fiscal year 2004-05, $683 million in 2005-06 and increasing amounts thereafter. Much of the funding will be provided to county mental health programs to fund programs consistent with their local plans. Any uncommitted funds during FY 2005-06 will be used to establish county prudent reserve accounts as required by the Act.
Per recent changes in state law, Alpine County Behavioral Health Services (ACBHS) is now obligated to maintain its MHSA Prudent Reserve funding levels at no more than 33% of the average CSS allocations received in the preceding five years. ACBHS is required to reassess this Prudent Reserve maximum level every five (5) years. During each assessment, if Prudent Reserve funding levels are found to exceed the current maximum level, ACBHS is required to transfer the excess Prudent Reserve funding from the Prudent Reserve to CSS.
To read the most recent assessment, conducted on 5/12/2020, click here: Prudent Reserve Assessment
Click here for the Public Comment Form for Prudent Reserve: Public Comment Form
Read the current (and past) MHSA Plans and Updates: