A central function of the MHSOAC is to provide vision and leadership in collaboration with stakeholders to expand awareness and understanding of issues facing community mental health. These projects are designed to further the examination of these critical issues to make informed decisions on how to improve services and provide better care to consumers.

Current Projects

  • Children's Crisis Services - This project will look at the current services available for California’s children and youth in crisis, what is needed or should be changed, and how to get there.
  • Community Wellness Research Project - Working with the University of California, Los Angeles to develop and execute a plan to identity, gather, maintain, display and disseminate key metrics of the negative outcomes of mental health challenges and unmet needs in California. 
  • Schools and Mental Health - The objectives of this project are to improve mental health outcomes, increase academic success, and provide recommendations toward implementing a continuum of early interventions and supports to improve access and outcomes prior to the need for special education placements among children in elementary education.
  • Youth Innovation Project - The project is focused on engaging youth in the design of youth-oriented mental health innovations. The goals of the project are to identify mental health challenges facing youth, identify potential solutions to those challenges, and support the presentation of solutions to county leaders for innovation investment.
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Project – The purpose of this project is to establish priorities for investment and to develop a monitoring strategy for Prevention and Early Intervention, as directed by Senate Bill 1004 (Wiener, 2018). The project also will explore challenges and opportunities for strengthening mental health prevention and early intervention strategies across California.
  • Workplace Mental Health - The Commission will engage with employers and employees, subject matter experts, mental health consumers, human resource professionals, and others to develop the standards which aim to reduce mental health stigma, increase public, employee, and employer awareness of the significance of mental health, and create avenues to treatment, support and recovery.
  • SB 82 Triage Crisis Services Evaluation - The Commission leads a statewide evaluation of S.B. 82 Triage grant programs designed to hire personnel to provide a range of crisis services (e.g., crisis intervention and stabilization, mobile crisis response) in different settings.

Past Projects

  • Criminal Justice and Mental Health - This project explored the criminal justice/mental health intersection.
  • Issue Resolution Process (IRP)The goal of this project was to revise or clarify the process to deal with complaints regarding the MHSA at the local and state levels. 
  • Fiscal ReversionThe goal of this project was to reexamine the MHSA fiscal reporting and reversion policies to better understand how and why counties hold unspent balances in their MHSA accounts, and to explore strategies to better meet the MHSA’s goal for timely, prudent expenditure of funds. 
  • PEI & Innovation Regulations Implementation - The goal of this project was to address concerns regarding three reporting challenges with the new PEI and Innovation regulations: how to report the demographics of people provided mental health services; how to manage the new program and measurement requirements under the Access and Linkage to Treatment for people with a serious mental illness; and how to measure the duration of untreated mental illness. In October 2016, the Commission adopted a report with the specific actions the Commission should take. That report can be viewed here.
  • Suicide Prevention - The goal of this project was to develop a statewide suicide prevention plan. The final strategic plan is a mix of public health approaches and behavioral health interventions, framed by four strategic aims:
    • Establish a suicide prevention infrastructure, including leadership, data, and resources.
    • Minimize risk by increasing safety and resiliency in every community.
    • Increase the identification of people at risk and improve connections to timely care.
    • Improve suicide-related services for the most vulnerable.