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Ewing is New Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Executive Director

Sacramento—The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is pleased to announce it has named Toby Ewing as Executive Director.

Ewing has served as a consultant to the California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee for the last four years. State Senator Lois Wolk, former Chair of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee said, “Toby Ewing is a great choice to lead the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is well known as a reformer and champion of oversight and improving outcomes of government programs. He knows our mental health system well, how it works and how it doesn’t, and will be quick to take a strong leadership role at a time when it is needed.”

Ewing also served as Director of the California Research Bureau from 2009 to 2011. From 1999 to 2006, he was a Project Manager with the Little Hoover Commission, an independent body charged with improving government. During his tenure, Ewing was project manager for several reports on state policy issues including mental health and child welfare.

Ewing did his undergraduate studies at Grinnell College and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. Honored as a Fulbright Scholar in the mid-1990s, he facilitated and documented a complex community development initiative in Costa Rica.

“Toby Ewing brings a wealth of experience in state government, public policy and mental health,” said MHSOAC Chair Dr. Victor Carrion. “We very much look forward to working with Toby as we move into an important time in communicating and evaluating the positive outcomes of Prop 63 programs to demonstrate what it has done for hundreds of thousands of Californians.”

As Ewing steps in, current MHSOAC Executive Director Sherri Gauger is retiring for the second time in two years. Gauger stepped back into the role of Executive Director after leaving at the end of 2013, a retirement that lasted six months before rejoining the Commission in June of 2014.

“We would like to say a profound thank you to Sherri for her dedication to public service, particularly in her work with the Commission and Prop 63,” said Chair Carrion. “She has brought the Commission to a new level with her outstanding commitment and leadership.”

The MHSOAC is the oversight body for Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Voter-approved Prop 63 is funded by a one percent tax on millionaires and has generated more than $11 billion for public mental health programs since 2005.

Contact Jennifer Whitney, Communications Director 916-445-8721

Please visit and MHSOAC website for more information.



The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is pleased to announce the appointments of Senator Jim Beall and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, respectively.

Jim Beall was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 and represents the 15th Senate District. He was elected to the State Assembly in November 2006, representing District 24. He is the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is a member of several other committees. He has spent three decades in public service as a San Jose City Councilman, a Santa Clara County Supervisor and an Assembly member. On the Commission, Senator Beall represents the member of the Senate selected by the President pro Tempore of the Senate.

Tony Thurmond was elected to represent California’s 15th Assembly District in November 2014. The district includes the East Bay communities that stretch along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland. First elected to the Richmond City Council in 2005, Thurmond served as Council Liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission, the Workforce Investment Board and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. On the Commission, Assemblymember Thurmond represents the member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Commissioners serve three year terms.


“A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California”

This documentary recently aired on CBS stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno.
It details California’s groundbreaking Prevention and Early Intervention programs that are funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act.

View it here:

Select Committee on Mental Health Informational Hearing - July 2, 2014

Join Senator Jim Beall and members of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health for an informational hearing about the outcomes of California's recent investments in behavioral health programs.

The hearing will be streamed live on Senator Beall's homepage ( for those who are unable to attend.

Prop 63 Mobile App Is Now Available

This new mobile web app enables you to search for county programs. Simply scan the QR Code and it will take you directly there.

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