The passage of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) initiated, at the state and local levels, the concept of transparent and collaborative processes being implemented to determine the mental health needs, priorities, and services for California mental health consumers and their families. Stakeholder contracts administered by the MHSOAC support the goals of system transformation by supporting the need for and development of a partnership between state and local level planning and program implementation. The MHSA was designed to change not only the way people accessed mental health services and participated in policy planning, but to change public perception and stigma associated with mental illness. Through support of stakeholder advocacy efforts, MHSA funding encourages dialogue to address not just the local needs of a community and region but to align with state level needs and priorities in a way that acknowledges and adheres to the diverse cultural values among California’s stakeholder community in a manner that is client and family driven, culturally competent, and collaborative in design.
Stakeholder advocacy contracts are awarded through a competitive bid process, as directed by the Legislature. This process is informed by gathering feedback and input from stakeholders, current contractors' and other interested parties. The ongoing goal is to provide a transparent experience that is informed by those currently involved in statewide advocacy efforts.
The Commission adminsters funding for stakeholder advocacy for the following populations:
- Clients and consumers
- Diverse racial and ethnic communities
- Family members of clients and consumers
- Immigrant and Refugree Communities
- LGTBQ communities
- Parents and caregivers of children and youth
- Transition-age youth
Stakeholder Advocacy Contract Surveys
The Commission has $12M for six Stakeholder Advocacy Contracts to distribute this fiscal year and is seeking input on the needs and services available to support six identified unserved/underserved populations in California. The purpose of the Stakeholder Advocacy Contract Surveys is to ascertain the focus and work of organizations that are currently supporting the identified six populations in accessing mental health services. Your responses will help inform the facilitation of a series of community listening sessions designed to support stakeholder advocacy funding on behalf of these populations in California.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
To prepare for the release of RFPs, the Commission facilitates a number of public engagement activities including interviews, public group meetings and listening sessions, and community surveys. The Commission also works with stakeholders, current contractors and other interested parties to gather feedback and input on stakeholder contract activities, lessons learned, and the needs of each population served by these contracts to provide a transparent experience that was informed by those currently involved in statewide advocacy efforts.