MHSA Updates

Participating in the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

Family Members & Consumers Wanted!

NAMI California is establishing an “Expert Pool” to help us make sure that our NAMI voice is expressed and reflected in MHSA policies and programs as they are developed.

We need to know where you stand on MHSA components – such as community services and support, education and workforce development, prevention and early intervention, capital facilities and technology, innovation, supported housing, stigma and discrimination, etc. as they are rolled out in county and statewide programs.

We need to hear how MHSA implementation is working or not working in your communities, counties and affiliates.

If you want to have a “say” in the development and evaluation of MHSA policies, CLICK HERE to access an Expert Pool Application form. Remember, you are all “experts” by virtue of your family and consumer experience.

Our goal is to have solid representation from every affiliate and every county, including family members and consumers from all cultural, racial and ethnic communities. The MHSA identifies unserved and underserved populations as priority populations for MHSA services and programs. We especially need input from minority and non-English speaking communities.

As a member of our Expert Pool, we may ask for your participation at MHSA stakeholder meetings when they are held in your area. Dates of MHSA stakeholder meetings can be viewed at All are invited to attend these meetings and to give feedback about the needs and priorities of their community.

Send your MHSA comments/suggestions to Kathleen Derby, MHSA Policy Coordinator, NAMI California at or call (916) 567-0163. She would love to hear from you.


MHSOAC’s First Report to the Governor and Legislature

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) of California has released its first report to the Governor and Legislature. The report provides a detailed summary of the Commission’s oversight and evaluation of the effective use of California’s investment in improving quality and access to mental health services through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

To read the report Click here.