Behavioral Health Department

Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)  

MHSA Program Overview

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) is a voter initiative (Proposition 63) which began collecting a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1M on January 1, 2005.  MHSA funds are distributed to the counties by the State.  MHSA funds create new, or complement existing, services and resources, not replace current program funding.  Transform the current mental health system from a “fail first” model to one that promotes prevention, early intervention and recovery strategically utilizing the following five components in an integrated manner with existing programs:


30 Day Posting for Review


The Mental Health Services Act Three Year Update is posted for a 30 day public review and comment period of February 13, 2015 to March 15, 2015.


Please review and respond with any comments you would like the Department to take under consideration. To give comment or if you have questions, you may submit via email  to using the Comment Form provided below.  Or you may call 805.981.2220.


A Public Hearing will be held on March 16, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at:

Ventura County Behavioral Health Department

1911 Williams Drive Oxnard, CA 93036

The Public Hearing will be conducted during the Behavioral Health Advisory Board meeting.


MHSA Three Year Update

Comment Form



Five Components:


Community Services and Supports (CSS) (Click here for additional information)


Programs serving individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) or children with serious emotional disturbance (SED).


80% of ongoing funding


15 programs


 - Peer and Family Support

 - Assessment and Crisis

 - Paths to Resiliency and Recovery

 - Full Service Partnerships

 - Residential and Acute Care   


Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) (Click here for more information)


Programs providing prevention, early intervention or tertiary prevention services to individuals at risk of mental health challenges


20% ongoing funding


Five programs


 - Universal Prevention

 - Primary Care Project

 - School Based/Parenting

 - Early Detection of Psychosis

 - Early Supportive Services


Workforce Education and Training (Click here for more information)


Ventura's plan approved in February 2009


 - Continues through 2016-17


 - Single allocation of funds, not ongoing funding stream.


Four Programs


 - Training Institute

 - Mental Health Career Pathways

 - Internship Programs

 - Financial Incentive Programs. 


Capital Facilities and Technologies (Click here for more information)


Component combines both Capital Facilities and Technology


 - Single allocation by State


Technology Project


 - Electronic health record and billing system


Capital Facilities Project


 - Site improvements to crisis residential program 


Innovation (Click here for additional information)


Opportunity to test new approaches to services


Short term projects


5% of combined CSS and PEI funding


Three Projects, all in early implementation


 - Mixteco Engagement

 - Farmworker Outreach

 - Quality of Life Improvement


Additional projects being developed - will address needs of significantly mental ill who have not benefits from system transformation.


MHSA Housing Program (Click here for additional information)


$8,206,400 designated MHSA funds - Capital Development and capitalized operating subsidies.




 - Achieve greater number of units for the dollars available.

 - Privacy and independence combined with safety, security and support availability.

 - Wrap supportive services around residents balancing safety and security with independence and privacy.

 - Enhanced single room occupancy housing with kitchenettes and bathrooms in each unit and common place for community gathering.


MHSA Program Summary


Continuum of Care Chart


MHSA Plans

MHSA 2013-14 Annual Update

MHSA 2011-12 Annual Update

MHSA 2010-11 Annual Update

MHSA 2009-10 Annual Update


For more information, please call (805) 981-6830.


Community Leadership Committee Information

Community Leadership Committee 


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Health Care Agency
2323 Knoll Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
HCA Human Resources
2323 Knoll Drive 
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036