What is the Mental Health Services Act?

More than two million Californians are affected by potentially disabling mental illnesses every year. About 30 years ago, California cut services in state mental hospitals, without providing adequate funding for mental health services in the community.

To address this, in 2004 voters approved the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), also known as Proposition 63. It places a 1% tax on personal income above $1 million. The MHSA emphasizes transformation of the mental health system while improving the quality of life for people living with a mental illness.

Employment Supports Wellness

Having a job is an important source of dignity and purpose for many people. For consumers, individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, having and maintaining a job supports their wellness and recovery. The Mental Health Services Act provides funding for employment resources.

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) has a variety of employment initiatives. Those who aspire to work can access employment resources that provide needed supports in order to seek, obtain, and maintain employment. Obstacles to gaining and keeping a job include the fear of shame and discrimination at the job site, lack of housing and diminished self-confidence. To address these challenges, BHCS staff partner with consumers and offer individually tailored services.




From the Director's Desk

Building the Behavioral Health Workforce

Wellness and Work Go Hand in Hand

Peers: Transforming Hurt to Help

Employer Spotlight
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Mental Health Information & Resources

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What is the Mental Health Services Act?
Employment Supports Wellness

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