Wellbeing for all Californians

The far-reaching language of the Mental Health Services Act that California voters approved in 2004 calls for transformational change in mental health care in the state and gives the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission the authority and responsibility to drive that change.

Visibility: How the Act is being implemented.

The Transparency Suite provides data on revenue and expenditures, programs, and the known outcomes of those programs.
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MHSOAC Initiatives

“A growing collaboration of counties, providers, and innovators are working with the Commission to accelerate the early detection and coordinated response to psychosis – a life-saving opportunity to reduce suffering and heartache.”
Khatera Tamplen

Chair, Early Psychosis Intervention Plus Advisory Committee



The Commission’s primary function is to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

To that end, the Commission distributes grants, collects and shares spending and efficacy data on local programs, spreads best practices, conducts research into critical subject areas like criminal justice involvement of people with mental health needs, and engages experts to develop policy proposals and other pathbreaking solutions.

The Act charges the Commission with reviewing county spending of MHSA money for prevention and early intervention programs. The Commission also distributes money raised through the Act for local innovation projects that launch new approaches to administration and treatment, like drop-in youth centers.

Another of the Commission’s continuing endeavors is to develop ways to overcome the stigma that people living with mental health challenges often face.

At times, the Commission advises the Governor and Legislature on mental health policy. In addition, lawmakers have periodically given the Commission new responsibilities, including distributing grants to expand mental health services in schools, helping develop voluntary standards to support mental health in the workplace, and helping to build a statewide suicide prevention plan.


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Gavin Newsom

California Governor

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Mara Madrigal-Weiss


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Mayra E. Alvarez

Vice Chair

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Toby Ewing

Executive Director

Commissioner Focus

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David Gordon

Commission Member, Sacramento

David W. Gordon is the Superintendent of the Sacramento (CA) County Office of Education. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an Ed.M. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Harvard University.

David has dedicated his career to education with a focus on Special Education. He has served on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Education Excellence, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Commissioner Gordon fills the seat of a superintendent of a school district.