Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Behavioral Health Services (BHS) has published the Orange County (OC) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan update for FY 2024-25. The draft plan is posted and ready for public review here. It will remain posted through April 15, 2024.
 
The OC’s MHSA Plan update is a layout of current and future programs and funding allocation for the upcoming fiscal year. Mental health programs provided under MHSA are consistent with local county-approved plans developed via broad-based community involvement, including input from both mental health service consumers and their family members.
 
Launched in 2004, with the passing of Proposition 63, MHSA funding is provided by a 1% tax on personal income of more than $1 million. The MHSA creates an opportunity for the State of California to provide increased funding to support county mental health programs that specifically promote recovery, wellness, and resiliency for residents with serious mental health challenges and their families.
 
“The vision of the HCA’s BHS team is to provide quality behavioral health services to our community,” said Dr. Veronica Kelley, Director of Behavioral Health Services. “This MHSA Plan update embodies that vision and reflects an integrated pathway to quality behavioral health services in Orange County.”
 
HCA’s BHS team uses a comprehensive stakeholder process to develop local MHSA programs. Central to the development and implementation of all programs is the focus on community collaboration, cultural competence, and consumer- and family-driven services. Prioritization of serving the unserved and underserved is a focus, in addition to wellness, recovery, and resilience.
 
To review the draft MHSA Annual Plan Update, please visit:
https://ochealthinfo.com/services-programs/mental-health-crisis-recovery/quality-services-compliance/mental-health-20
 
The 30-day Public Comment period will close on April 15, 2024 (noon) 
 
Following the 30-day posting, OC’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB) will host a Public Hearing on April 24, 2024 at the Westminster Community Center in the Miriam Warne Community Room, 14491 Beach Blvd. Suite B, Westminster 92683.



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