Strengthening California’s Approach to Wellness through Innovation


State’s Mental Health Commission releases progress report on multicounty collaborative to unify a more data-driven, outcomes approach. 

SACRAMENTO – The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has released a progress report on California’s Multi-County Full Service Partnership Innovation Project designed to improve delivery of services to people with the most severe and often co-occurring mental health needs.

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act, full service partnership (FSP) programs are designed to apply a “whatever it takes” approach to partnering with individuals on their path to wellness and recovery. Currently, more than 60,000 individuals are enrolled in FSP programs across the state, representing nearly a $1 billion annual investment in public funds.

“We know that FSP programs have tremendous potential to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness, incarceration, and prolonged suffering by Californians with severe mental health needs,” said Commission Chairwoman Lynne Ashbeck. “This innovation collaborative is strengthening the way counties deliver care to Californians with the greatest needs.”

A cohort of six diverse California communities – Fresno, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Mateo, Siskiyou, and Ventura – are participating in a four to five year multi-county innovation project that will leverage counties’ resources and experience to improve FSP delivery across the state. This multi-county project is supported by the Commission with technical assistance from Third Sector, a 501(c)3 organization that is focused on
improving the outcomes of public sector services.

The innovation collaborative aims to implement a more uniform data-driven approach to care, that provides counties with an increased ability to use data to improve FSP services and outcomes. Counties will leverage the collective power and shared learnings of a cohort to collaborate on how to provide the most impactful FSP programs and ultimately drive transformational change in the delivery of mental health services.

View and download a copy of the progress report here.

Interview Opportunities by Request

Lynne Ashbeck – Commission Chair and Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Population Wellness for Valley Children’s Healthcare

Toby Ewing, Ph.D. – Executive Director, MHSOAC

Caroline Whistler – CEO, Third Sector

About the Commission

In enacting Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, California voters in 2014 created and charged the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission with the responsibility of driving transformational change in public and private mental health systems to achieve the vision that everyone who needs mental health care has access to and receives effective and culturally competent care. The Commission was design to empower stakeholders, with members representing consumers and their families, service providers, law enforcement, educators and employers. The Commission puts consumers and families at the center of decision-making. The Commission promotes community collaboration, cultural competency and integrated service delivery. The Commission is committed to wellness and recovery, using its authorities, resources and passion to reduce the negative outcomes of mental illness and promote the mental health and wellbeing of all Californians.