The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is inviting members of the public to provide input on the County’s Mental Health Services Act Programs Plan for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. Community members can provide input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by Mental Health staff during March.
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Public participation is important to the development of the MHSA Plan, according to Ren Scammon, program manager for MHSA. “The MHSA Plan is developed based upon input received from a wide cross-section of the community, including Mental Health consumers, their families, veterans, law enforcement and service providers,” said Scammon. “MHSA’s primary focus is on the unserved and underserved people and families who are in need of services through the public mental health system. MHSA looks at the needs of all ages, including children, youth, adults and older adults.”
Copies of previous MHSA Plans, as well as upcoming community meeting dates and times, can be found on Mental Health’s Website at edcgov.us/MentalHealth/MHSA.aspx. Individuals may submit input on the plan via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; they can be also be added to the county’s MHSA e-mail distribution list by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject “Subscribe.”
MHSA (Proposition 63) was passed by California voters in November 2004 and enacted into law Jan. 1, 2005. MHSA imposes a 1 percent tax on personal income in excess of $1,000,000. Funds are distributed to counties through the state and are intended to transform the public mental health system into one that is consumer and family driven, with services that are recovery oriented, accessible, culturally competent and appropriate for the population served.
For more information about MHSA, or El Dorado County’s MHSA Plan, contact Scammon at 530-621-6340.