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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Update
MHSA Three-Year Plan FY 2017-20

Article Doris Estremera, MHSA Manager

On September 6 the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) will be voting to close the public comment period on the final piece of the Three-Year Plan, the Annual Update for Fiscal Year 2015-16 program outcomes. 

Below are some of the key highlights:

  • 516 clients served by Full Service Partnerships (FSP), which provide 24/7 wraparound services to seriously mentally ill adults, children, transition-age youth and their families on their path to recovery and wellness.

    • For clients in FSPs, Hospitalizations and Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) visits significantly reduced after participants first year of enrollment in a FSP, from a 23% (143) any hospitalization to 13% (81) and from 42% (262) any PES event to 29% (181).
  • 5,556 individuals from marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County were engaged through meaningful outreach to increase access to mental health and other support services.
    • Of these individuals, 51% represented under-served ethnic communities and primary referrals included mental health, substance use, medical care, housing, food, legal, and financial services.
  • 2,047 clients received services from System Development efforts such as the Older Adult System of Integrated Services (OASIS), Senior Peer Counseling, Pathways, Juvenile Girls Program, Child Welfare Partners, Puente Clinic, Peer and Family Partners and the Clubhouse.
  • 7,320 clients received services through Prevention and Early Intervention programs such as the Early Childhood Community Team, Project SUCCESS, Seeking Safety, Teaching Pro-Social Skills, the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Health Equity Initiatives, Health Ambassador Program, Storytelling Series, the Be the ONE Campaign, and Suicide Prevention Committee.

You are welcome to submit public comment on the Annual Update to mhsa@smcgov.org, the Public Comment Form is available on the MHSA webpage.

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI), Ages 0-25 Taskforce

Starting in October we will be convening a 2-month (3-4 meetings), PEI Taskforce to develop strategic and programmatic recommendations to better serve community members of San Mateo County ages 0-25. The PEI Task Force will be comprised of clients and families, stakeholders and a broad range of subject matter experts, including representatives from the Youth Commission, School-based Collaboratives, and PEI programs currently funded by MHSA.

If you would like to participate in the Taskforce, please email mhsa@smcgov.org with your interest. 

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