Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Karen Klatt, Mental Health Division, (510) 981-5222

ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT FUNDS FOR BERKELEY AND ALBANY

Berkeley, California (Friday, March 25, 2011) - Increased funding is available from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) for the cities of Berkeley and Albany in the following areas:  Community Services & Supports; Prevention and Early Intervention, Capital Facilities; and Technological Needs.

In order to receive funding, the City of Berkeley must initiate a 30-day public comment period to obtain input from the community on the proposed uses of funds.  Following the review period and a public hearing before the Mental Health Commission, the proposed plan will be submitted to the State Department of Mental Health for approval.  Funds must be used in accordance with state guidelines and MHSA regulations. 

The City of Berkeley is entering a 30 Day Public Review for the Draft MHSA FY2010/11 Annual Update.  The Annual Update provides the means to obtain ongoing and increased funding for the Community Services and Supports and Prevention and Early Intervention components and to access the resources to execute the Capital Facilities, Technological Needs components and Statewide Prevention & Early Intervention Training monies.  Primary recommendations include:  increased services for Children, Youth and Older Adults; creation of a dedicated space for consumer-run Wellness Recovery activities; renovation of the Adult Services Clinic; access for consumers and family members to computer resources and electronic health information; and training, technical assistance and capacity building in the areas of Prevention and Early Intervention for local providers.

Background

MHSA is California state legislation approved by voters in November 2004.  This Act places a 1% tax on every dollar of personal income over $1 million.  The State allocates these revenues to local mental health departments for the purpose of transforming and expanding mental health services.  There are five MHSA funding components.  Additional monies are also available for housing and Statewide Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives.  In recent years, the City of Berkeley has conducted extensive community planning processes and obtained state approvals and local funding on three of the five funding components (Community Services and Supports, Prevention & Early Intervention and Workforce, Education and Training). An area developer was also granted state approval to access MHSA funds for local housing development.  

The 30-day Public Comment period for this proposal will run from March 23rd  to April 20th, 2011.  For more detailed information on how to review and provide feedback on the draft recommendations, the public is invited to view the Berkeley Mental Health MHSA website, www.CityofBerkeley.info/mentalhealth, where the plan will be posted.

In addition, a copy of this proposal will be available in the reference section of the Public Library located in downtown Berkeley at 2090 Kittredge Street.  The Public Hearing will be held on April, 21st at 5:00 pm in the Adult Clinic Auditorium at 2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Following the Public Hearing, a final proposal will be submitted for approval to the State Department of Mental Health.

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