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Current Projects

A central function of the MHSOAC is to provide vision and leadership in collaboration with stakeholders to expand awareness and understanding of issues facing community mental health. These projects are designed to further the examination of these critical issues to make informed decisions on how to improve services and provide better care to consumers.

Archived Projects

  • Children's Crisis Services - This project will look at the current services available for California’s children and youth in crisis, what is needed or should be changed, and how to get there.
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Health - This project will explore the criminal justice/mental health intersection.
  • Issue Resolution Process (IRP)The goal of this project is to revise or clarify the process to deal with complaints regarding the MHSA at the local and state levels. 
  • Fiscal ReversionThe goal of this project is to reexamine the MHSA fiscal reporting and reversion policies to better understand how and why counties hold unspent balances in their MHSA accounts, and to explore strategies to better meet the MHSA’s goal for timely, prudent expenditure of funds. 
  • Schools and Mental Health - The objectives of this project are to improve mental health outcomes, increase academic success, and provide recommendations toward implementing a continuum of early interventions and supports to improve access and outcomes prior to the need for special education placements among children in elementary education.
  • Suicide Prevention - The goal of this project is to develop a statewide suicide prevention plan to reduce suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal self-harm, including thoughts of suicide, and associated harm to families, loved ones, and communities, and to improve outcomes for survivors of suicide attempts and their families. The plan should include prevention, early intervention, and response strategies.
  • PEI & Innovation Regulations Implementation - The goal of this project was to address concerns regarding three reporting challenges with the new PEI and Innovation regulations: how to report the demographics of people provided mental health services; how to manage the new program and measurement requirements under the Access and Linkage to Treatment for people with a serious mental illness; and how to measure the duration of untreated mental illness. In October 2016, the Commission adopted a report with the specific actions the Commission should take. That report can be viewed here.