Last updated on September 10, 2023
California counties are able to spend up to 5% of their annual MHSA allocated dollars towards ensuring a comprehensive array of Community Program Planning (CPP) processes are in place to ensure meaningful stakeholder engagement throughout the entire year.
Only 4% of an available $104m is spent by one-half of California counties on local CPP processes. The remaining half of counties, representing nearly two-thirds of California’s residents, are missing an opportunity to put 96% of available CPP funds to use. Why is that?
I have interacted with other advisory board members from other counties across California and from my understanding having been trained on the topic several times, it is clear mental health services in many counties shirk their responsibilities in deploying an effective CPP in accordance with the MHSA.
That isn’t to suggest county behavioral- or mental-health systems aren’t meaningfully engaging stakeholders, because many do this engagement using a variety of means like annual forums, monthly committees or councils, focus groups, or internal dialog with other county entities such as their public safety departments.
In order to determine how pervasive of an issue with counties are using their CPP available budgets might be, I summarized a review of the latest Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)’s and created the attached report.
I learned a few things:
- Of California’s 58 counties and two other areas (Berkeley and Tri-City areas) reporting RER’s to MHSOAC, only 28 or about one-half report any CPP expenditures.
- These areas that do report any CPP budget represent 34% of California’s population.
- Counties could be spending over $104m yet, the amount spent by those 28 counties equates to our spending only 4% of that amount.
I hope this illustrates an elephant in the room in that there are chronic systemic policy issues in regards to our MHSA Community Program Planning (CPP) processes.
By all appearances it appears as if, for at least the 31 counties not reporting a CPP expenditure, which serve nearly two-thirds of our state’s population, may not be following the mandated process of gaining their advisory board’s review and approval of their annual CPP, and are not spending any of the 96% of the available budget.
Why is that?
Here’s the breakdown:
|California Population (2019)||39,283,497|
|Number of Counties and MHSAOC Areas||59|
|Number of Counties with CPP Budget||28|
|Number of Residents in CPP Counties||13,444,193||34%|
|Number of Counties without CPP Budget||31|
|Population in Counties without CPP Budget||25,839,304||66%|
|Estimated MHSA Expenditure||$ 2,083,000,000|
|Approximate Available Budget (5%)||$ 104,150,000|
|Amount Budgeted by Counties||$ 4,128,359||4%|
|Amount Unallocated by Counties||$ 100,021,641||96%|
Here’s the summary report:
MHSOAC Documents & Reports | Revenue & Expenditure Report (RER)
DHCS MHSA Expenditure Report FY2018-19 (p1) FY2018-19 estimated MHSA annual expenditures
US CENSUS 2019 Estimated Population by county and rank