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Understanding MHSA Community Program Planning (CPP) process opportunities

Last updated on May 15, 2023

Summary of how MHSA funds are distributed to and allocated by counties.
California MHSA Fund Distribution per $1k

This author is presenting a look and analysis into the Community Program Planning (CPP) process.

California counties utilizing funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) must also use the CPP to ensure consumer and other stakeholders are meaningfully engaged in the planning and evaluation processes of how their Mental Health Department, here in San Diego County the Behavioral Health Services (BHS), will spend these funds.

Every participating county must assert to the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that their local advisory board, here in San Diego that’s the Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB), has reviewed and approved these processes.

By all appearances, many California counties appear to have dismissed or entirely redefined this requirement internally to such a point that most stakeholders are entirely unaware of this opportunity.

In 2004 the MHSA was made into law, funded solely by a tax on millionaires, with the belief that all interested mental health services consumers and community stakeholders would be intimately involved in the process of designing, deploying, and evaluating their mental health system.

You’ll also learn about the opportunities consumers, advocacy organizations, program and service providers, and intra-government entities could be pursuing if counties did a better job seeking their engagement.

Finally, for those unable to attend, the session will be recorded and posted on this page. Set a reminder and return here the following Thursday to view.

No need to RSVP, here’s the link:

Wednesday, January 19⋅1:00 – 2:00pm
Understanding MHSA Community Program Planning (CPP) process opportunities

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