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Stakeholder Advocacy

Stakeholder Contracts

The passage of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) initiated, at the state and local levels, the concept of transparent and collaborative processes being implemented to determine the mental health needs, priorities, and services for California mental health consumers and their families. Stakeholder contracts administered by the MHSOAC support the goals of system transformation by supporting the need for and development of a partnership between state and local level planning and program implementation. The MHSA was designed to change not only the way people accessed mental health services and participated in policy planning, but to change public perception and stigma associated with mental illness. Through support of stakeholder advocacy efforts, MHSA funding encourages dialogue to address not just the local needs of a community and region but to align with state level needs and priorities in a way that acknowledges and adheres to the diverse cultural values among California’s stakeholder community in a manner that is client and family driven, culturally competent, and collaborative in design.

Stakeholder advocacy contracts are awarded through a competitive bid process, as directed by the Legislature.  This process is informed by gathering feedback and input from stakeholders, current contractors' and other interested parties.  The ongoing goal is to provide a transparent experience that is informed by those currently involved in statewide advocacy efforts.

Request for Proposal (RFP) Process

To prepare for the release of the RFPs, the MHSOAC conducted interviews, held public group meetings, and worked with stakeholders, current contractors' and other interested parties to gather feedback and input on stakeholder contract activities, lessons learned, and the needs of each population served by these contracts to provide a transparent experience that was informed by those currently involved in statewide advocacy efforts.


May 2016

Six RFPs were released in 2016 for stakeholder contracts for the following communities:

•    Clients and Consumers
•    Diverse Racial and Ethnic Communities
•    Families of Clients and Consumers
•    Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth
•    Transition Age Youth
•    Veterans
Notice of Intent to Award can be found here.

Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Response to Stakeholder Communications Regarding Stakeholder RFPs can be found here.


December 2016

Six RFPs were released in 2016 for stakeholder contracts for the following communities:
•    Clients and Consumers
•    Diverse Racial and Ethnic Communities
•    Families of Clients and Consumers
•    LGBTQ
•    Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth
•    Veterans
Information, including due dates, can be found here.

Notices of Intent to Award can be found here:

•    RFP 16MHSOAC029 for Clients/Consumers
•    RFP 16MHSOAC030 for Diverse Racial and Ethnic Communities
•    RFP 16MHSOAC031 for Families of Clients/Consumers
•    RFP 16MHSOAC032 for LGBTQ
•    RFP 16MHSOAC033 for Parent/Caregivers
•    RFP 16MHSOAC034 for Veterans