California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies

Advocacy

Mental Health Services

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:

  • Minimal use of hospital-based acute care and institutional-based long-term care
  • A system of community-based treatment alternatives
  • Services providing goal-oriented support through assessment, goal planning, linkage, coordination and advocacy
  • An extensive program of outreach and engagement for those who are homeless, in jail or at risk of either
  • Consumer-run programs that emphasize peer support and self-help centers
  • Educational and vocational support services
  • Supportive housing resources
  • Full service partnerships (FSP) to list of services and link to the Full Service Partnership toolkit Full service partnerships

Proposition 63

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 CA Department of Health Care Services page.