Mental Health Services Act Check-Up

Study Schedule

Thursday, September 8, 2016
10:00 a.m., 925 L Street, Suite 805, Sacramento, CA 95814
Public Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016
9:30 a.m., State Capitol,
Room 437
Public Hearing

Description of Study

The Commission is revisiting its January 2015 review of the Mental Health Services Act, Promises Still to Keep: A Decade of the Mental Health Services Act.  The Commission’s report, citing a decade of bureaucratic stumbles and data challenges, called for the state to address critical shortcomings in its implementation of 2004’s Proposition 63 ballot measure, known as the Mental Health Services Act.  The measure created a 1 percent tax on personal income in excess of $1 million and dedicated the revenue to fund mental health services.  The tax has raised more than $13 billion since 2004.

In its 2015 report, the Commission called on the state to better validate how money generated by Proposition 63 has been used to help Californians with mental illness recover and thrive, and how it has prevented others from developing a serious mental illness.  The Commission urged the Governor, Legislature and state agencies responsible for overseeing implementation to take several actions, including expanding the authority of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission – an independent board created by the initiative to oversee and evaluate spending plans.  The Commission also called for improving financial reporting to ensure progress toward outcomes such as expanded services and new innovative programs that Proposition 63 backers promised to voters in 2004.

The Commission has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol to follow up on the concerns raised in its 2015 report and to assess the progress implementing its recommendations for effective use of the state’s significant investment in mental health services. 

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact project manager Tamar Lazarus.  To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the report is complete, please send a request to

Previous Studies

Click here for a list of additional previous Commission studies on health & human services.