Access to quality mental health services are necessary if people with psychiatric disabilities are going to live with the hope of recovery. A mental health system built upon the promise of growth and healing has several attributes:
In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63 – The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) – to rectify over three decades of chronic under funding of community mental health services for individuals with serious mental illness. MHSA’s passage increased funding for community mental health with a vision toward transforming the public mental health system into a recovery-oriented one with community-based alternatives to traditional medical model treatment.
Proposition 63 became a reality through a passionate, well-coordinated and concerted advocacy effort that included consumers, providers, mental health professionals and others who see the social benefit of funding a system providing quality, community-based, recovery-oriented mental health services.
For more information on the MHSA and its progress, please visit the California Department of Mental Health's Mental Health Services Act page.