Strategic Plan

From Plan to Action

Providing a Coherent Framework of Priorities & Decision Making

The strategic plan provides a coherent framework to inform and align the Commission’s deliberations and decisions. The plan articulates specific objectives to focus the Commission’s daily operations. It also communicates the Commission’s priorities to partners, stakeholders, and the public.

The Commission will assertively implement the plan, measure and assess progress, and refine and update the plan in response to legislation, events, and experience.

A diagram of the MHSOAC's projects, as they target the mental health system. Projects include school mental health, SB 1004 prevention and early intervention, voluntary workforce standards, early psychosis pilot, full service partnerships pilot, innovation incubator projects, youth innovation pilot, and suicide prevention.

Five Near-Term Opportunities

  1. Effective use of Commission resources. The Commission will rely on the plan to guide how it and its staff spend time and resources, particularly concerning policy projects, oversight, and accountability activities. In 2020, for example, the Commission will develop a state strategy for prevention and early intervention and voluntary standards for workforce mental health – two prime opportunities to advance the vision of well-being for all Californians.
  2. Data, measurement and evaluation. The Commission’s Evaluation Committee will play an essential role in refining measures for addressing the seven negative outcomes identified by Prop. 63 and developing evaluation strategies to inform state policy and community practice. The Commission staff also will develop specific measurable, achievable, and time-bound metrics for each of the objectives in the plan and publicly report progress using those metrics.
  3. Strategic partnerships. Many of the strategic partnerships initiated by the Commission in the last four years are beginning to show results in terms of their intended objectives, as well as the potential for collaboration among counties and with the state to initiate transformational change. The Commission in 2020 will work with partners to look across those projects for lessons and insights.
  4. Internal improvements. The Commission staff in 2020 will review internal procedures and operations to identify ways to more efficiently and effectively perform each of the Commission’s functions.
  5. Communications. The Commission in 2020 will significantly improve the quality and quantity of communications to improve public understanding of mental health needs, the potential for recovery, the value of services and the opportunity for transformational change to significantly improve results.

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