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San Mateo County MHSA (Prop 63)


Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63)

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The passage of Proposition 63, known since November 2004 as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), provides the first opportunity in many years for increased funding, personnel and other resources to support County mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition-age youth, adults, older adults and families.

The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and direct service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system. We are thrilled to have you as a visitor, and hope you will want to become involved in MHSA planning!


Peer-led Outreach and Engagement in Behavioral Health Technology-based Interventions

A Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available to engage individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness and who struggle connecting with traditional in-person supports.  Funding is available for peer-operated organizations and/or community-based organizations with peer-led programs to support the use of technology and web-based behavioral health interventions.  

Visit and subscribe to the BHRS Request for Proposal website to keep informed of funding opportunities .

To learn more about the Tech Suite, you can view the approved plan, presentations and other materials below:

Want to see one of the technology vendors’ demo: 7cups demo. You can also access their AVATAR Noni, 

Funding Extension for the San Mateo County Pride Center 

On November 7th the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission voted to approve the request of a 2-year funding extension for the Pride Center, an MHSA Innovation project.  The formal request will go to the State of California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) in the new year.  

We have received an abundance of letters of support to-date, available for you to review.  You are welcome to continue submitting comments as we prepare to present to the MHSOAC in the new year. 

To learn more about the Pride Center and the extension request, you can view the presentation and materials provided below:


For the most current program-specific updates, which include MHSA funded programs, sign up to receive the BHRS e-journal, Wellness Matters and visit the BHRS Blog. 

If you have any comments or questions, please send them to or you can submit an optional Public Comment Form to 310 Harbor Blvd, Bldg E, Belmont CA 94002.

MHSA Planning in San Mateo County

MHSA planning, implementation and updates happen on a Fiscal Year (FY) calendar July 1 – June 30. Counties are required to conduct a thorough Community Program Planning (CPP) process, submit a Three-Year Plan and Annual Updates.   

Current Three-Year Plan Due: December 2017
Current Three-Year Implementation Phase: July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020
Annual Updates Due: December 2017, December 2018, December 2019
Next Three-Year Planning Phase: January 2020 – April 2020
Next Three-Year MHSA Plan Due: December 2020

Community Program Planning (CPP) Process

How to Give Public Comment

Check out the How to Give Public Comment quick tips- adapted from CAMHPRO’s Delivering the ABC’s of Advocacy training,

Assembly Bill (AB) 114 Plan to Spend Reallocated Funds 

The San Mateo County’s proposed AB 114 Plan, which includes an Innovation (INN) Plan on technology-based behavioral health interventions, was approved by the our Board of Supervisors on August 7, 2018. Materials and details are available below.

Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Planning

During the most recent community planning process, the need to convene a taskforce of PEI experts, leaders, clients/consumers and family, and community members to develop specific strategic and programmatic recommendations for children 0-25, was identified. Between October-December 2017, a PEI Ages 0-25 special taskforce was convened.   

Priority Matrix and Agreement Results

MHSA Three Year Plan FY 17/18 through FY 19/20

About 300 clients, families, advocates, community members and providers participated in a series of sessions to launch the MHSA 3-Year Planning process and to share their stories and public comments in support of 17 priority recommendations for potential MHSA funding.  

See the following clips of public comments from our top three prioritized recommendations:

  • Ziomara Ochoa and Yolanda Novelo, Coastside CSA: Mobile mental health and wellness services to expand access to Coastside behavioral health clients and families
  • Kava Tulua, One East Palo Alto and Mary Bier, North County Outreach Collaborative: Expansion of culturally responsive resources and outreach strategies to effectively link high-risk, isolated and emerging cultural and ethnic groups to needed services
  • Bruce Adams and Mike Krechevsky, PREP San Mateo:  After-care services for early psychosis treatment alumni that includes booster sessions and re-engagement, maintenance and family navigator support


MHSA Issue Resolution Process

An Issue Resolution Process (IRP) has been adopted to resolve specific MHSA issues related to: 

  1. The Community Program Planning (CPP) process
  2. Consistency between approved MHSA plans and program implementation
  3. The provision of MHSA-funded programs and services

In San Mateo County, the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (OCFA) manages service/treatment grievances for BHRS and therefore MHSA issues will be routed through the formal OCFA Grievance process. The MHSA IRP is focused on grievances related to the planning and implementation of MHSA.

Steering Committee

The MHSA Steering Committee makes recommendations about the planning and services development process of MHSA. As a group, the MHSA Steering Committee assure that MHSA planning reflects local diverse needs and priorities, contains the appropriate balance of services within available resources and meets the criteria and goals established. View the current Steering Committee Membership list and the Roles and Responsibilities document for more details.

If you are interested in joining, please complete a Steering Committee Application:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Download the application and submit by email to


Innovation (INN)

We are excited to release the first year evaluation reports for three of our MHSA Innovation Programs: The Pride Center, Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) and Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in an Adult System of Care.

Workforce Education and Training (WET)

MHSA WET strategies received a one-time funding allocation in Fiscal Years 2006 to 2008, with a ten-year timeframe to expend the allocated funds. With MHSA WET funding ending in 2018, BHRS assessed the impact of WET and identified priorities for the future. 

Outreach Collaboratives

Our annual report on MHSA Outreach Collaboratives, the North County Outreach Collaborative (NCOC) and the East Palo Alto Partnership for Mental Health Outreach (EPAPMHO) is now available.

In FY 15-16, Harder+Company Community Research, was contracted to evaluate the MHSA Outreach Collaboratives.  

Prevention & Early Intervention Programs Evaluation

In FY 15-16, Harder+Company Community Research, was contracted to develop an impact report for the Health Equity Initiatives.  

In July 2013, we set out to evaluate Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) programs to understand the impact these programs are having in terms of promoting mental health, reducing the risk of mental illness, and decreasing the severity and negative consequences associated with onset of mental illness. The first and second year report, for services implemented in fiscal years (FY) 2013 through 2015, are available.

Full Service Partnership Qualitative Evaluation

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) supports evaluation and analyses of the San Mateo County FSP Programs outcomes.  The full FSP outcome reports are available.

In 2014, our Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs were evaluated to understand how well FSPs are working from the perspective of administrators, providers and consumers/clients.

Statewide MHSA Evaluation Reports Released

Plans, Updates and Revenue & Expenditure Reports

MHSA Three-Year Plan & Annual Update

Annual Revenue and Expenditure Reports (RER)

MHSA components

Community Services & Supports (CSS)

CSS activities focus on providing direct services and treatment to people of all ages living with serious mental illness. At least 51% of CSS dollars have to be spent on full service partnerships, which provide 24/7 wraparound services.

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Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI)

PEI activities target individuals of all ages prior to the onset of mental illness, with the one exception of programs focusing on early onset of psychotic disorders. Learn more about the Office of Diversity and Equity, the Stigma Free San Mateo County; the Suicide Prevention CommitteePrevention & Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP); Youth Crisis Intervention; and the San Mateo County Mental Health Assessment and Referral Team (SMART). MHSA PEI also funds the following Community Interventions for School Age and TAY programs:

  • Early Childhood Community Team – supporting social emotional development in child care settings by providing consultation to child care providers;
  • Seeking Safety – helping people attain safety from trauma/PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and substance abuse
  • Project SUCCESS – preventing and reducing substance use and abuse and associated behavioral issues among high risk, multi-problem adolescents.
  • Teaching Pro-Social Skills -  addressing the social skills needs of students in public elementary schools who display aggression or other problem behaviors. 

Previous Years

Capital Facilities & Information Technology (CF & IT)

CF&IT component funded eClinical Care, an integrated business and clinical information system (electronic health record) as well as ongoing technical support.


The MHSA Housing Program funds permanent supportive housing for individuals with severe mental illness and that meet the MHSA eligibility criteria as homeless or at-risk of being homeless.

The MHSA Housing Program was established to create permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and are enrolled in Full Service Partnerships, receiving wraparound services and supports. Since 2006, the funding has supported 62 housing units across four housing developments in Redwood City, South San Francisco, San Mateo and North Fair Oaks community.

Most recently, BHRS contributed the last of the MHSA Housing dollars, about $1.1 million, to the Affordable Housing Fund administered by the Department of Housing, which led to 12 additional MHSA units expected in 2018 .

Visit our MHSA Housing Program for more information.

Innovation (INN)

The MHSA Innovation Component allows counties to apply for funds for innovative projects. An Innovative Project is designed and implemented for a defined time period and evaluated to develop new best practices in mental health services and supports.

The Community Program Planning (CPP) process to develop the MHSA Three-Year Plan, 2014-2017, included generating ideas for innovative projects. The MHSA Steering Committee prioritized 5 Innovation Projects for possible funding, a Letter of Interest process further identified capacity and interest.  

In July 2016, three projects were approved by the state to move forward for implementation. To learn more about the 2016 MHSA INN projects, see the final Project Briefs below. 

Previous INN Project

From 2010 through June 2015, BHRS built on several emerging, innovative practices for the San Mateo County Total Wellness program.

Workforce Education & Training (WET)

WET programming includes training, education, programs and policies to assist in the engagement and selection of a diverse workforce that includes consumers, families, and community members and schools. Visit the BHRS WET website to learn more about the programs and services.

MHSA WET received one-time funding from MHSA for up to 10 years, which is ending in June 2018 for San Mateo County.  We are currently working with an independent contractor to develop a 10 year MHSA WET impact report and a sustainability plan for evaluation of the MHSA INN projects.  The planning process has begun and we will share updates as they become available.

Previous Years