The Mental Health Services Act’s Innovation component provides California the opportunity to develop and test new, unproven mental health models with the potential to become tomorrow’s best practices.  The primary purpose of Innovation Projects is to achieve one of the following:

  • Increase access to mental health services to underserved groups, including permanent supportive housing.
  • Increase the quality of mental health services, including measurable outcomes.
  • Promote interagency and community collaboration related to mental health services or supports or outcomes.
  • Increase access to mental health services, including permanent supportive housing.

Innovation projects may address issues faced by children, transition-age youth, adults, older adults, families (self-defined), neighborhoods, tribal and other communities, counties, multiple counties, or regions. The project may initiate, support and expand collaboration and linkages, especially connections between systems, organizations and other practitioners not traditionally defined as a part of mental health care. The project may influence individuals across all life stages and all age groups, including multi-generational practices/approaches. 

Subcommittee on Innovation