Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Karen Klatt, MHSA Coordinator, City of Berkeley, (510) 981-5222

CITY OF BERKELEY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, May 30, 2012) - As part of the state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) plan approval process, the City of Berkeley is holding a 30-Day public review and comment period on the recommended actions outlined below to amend the 10-11 Update in order to add funds to the local Prudent Reserve.

Current Status
All Mental Health Departments receiving MHSA funds are required by law to establish and maintain a Prudent Reserve.  The Prudent Reserve is necessary so that local districts can continue to provide services during years in which MHSA revenues have decreased or are insufficient. 

The City of Berkeley MHSA Prudent Reserve was established in June 2008.  Through stakeholder processes and plan updates, funds have been added on a continual basis to reach the current amount of $1,605,816.  This proposal will add unspent Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI), and PEI Training and Technical Assistance funds to the local Prudent Reserve. 

At present, the City of Berkeley projects approximately $107,817 of unspent MHSA PEI funds remaining from the 09-10 fiscal year, and $38,600 of unspent PEI Training & Technical Assistance funds remaining from the 08-09 and 09-10 fiscal year periods.  Pursuant to state guidelines, any 09-10 fiscal year funds must be expended by June 30, 2012 in order to avoid the risk of reversion to the State.  Likewise, fiscal year 08-09 PEI Training and Technical Assistance funds must also be spent by June 30, 2012.  Allocating the unspent PEI and PEI Training and Technical Assistance funds in this manner will enable the City of Berkeley to avoid the risk of reversion and will allow for the use of these funds on MHSA services in the future.

Background
Voters approved the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) in November 2004.  This Act places a 1% tax on every dollar of personal income over $1 million.  The State allocates these revenues to public 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 planning processes and obtained state approvals and funding on all five components.  Two area developers have also been granted local and state approval to access MHSA funds for local housing developments. 

The 30-Day Public Review and Comment period will run from May 25th to June 25th, 2012.   For detailed information on how to review and provide feedback on the proposed recommendations, the public is invited to view the Berkeley Mental Health MHSA website at: 

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=15648

In addition, a copy of the proposal will also be available in the reference section of the Public Library located at 2090 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley.  Following the 30-Day Public Review period an amendment to the MHSA 10-11 Update will be sent to the State.  

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