Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan Overview: 2020-2023

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The Commission’s Mission

The Commission works through partnerships to catalyze transformational changes across service systems so that everyone who needs mental health care has access to and receives effective and culturally competent care.

Our Core Principles

    • Wellness and Recovery
    • Client-Consumer and Family-Driven
    • Community Collaboration
    • Cultural Competency
    • Integrated Service Delivery


The Commission developed its 2020-2023 strategic plan in consultation with clients and families, community advocates, state and local policymakers, service providers, and various public and private sector partners.

The resulting document reflects the urgency of our times as social conditions exacerbate the inadequacy of public systems. Despite a seemingly prosperous economy, poverty, housing shortages, low wages, high costs, inadequate access to health care, and other risk factors contribute to homelessness, childhood trauma, substance abuse, and other mental health-related determinants.

At the same time, however, this plan reflects the promise of emerging scientific knowledge, new technologies, and experience in systems design that make it possible to prevent and respond more effectively to mental health problems.

In approving Proposition 63, also known as the Mental Health Services Act, California voters in 2004 charged the Commission with advancing an inclusive vision that puts consumers of mental health services and their families at the center of decision-making.

This strategic plan reaffirms the Commission’s long-standing commitment to using its authorities, resources, and passion to reduce the adverse outcomes of mental illness and promote the mental well-being of all Californians.

Read the full "Vision for Transformational Change: 2020-2023 Strategic Plan"