Mental Health Services Act
Learn how Berkeley is using State funding from the Mental Health Services Act to transform and expand mental health services, and get involved by providing input on plans and projects.
The City of Berkeley receives funding for mental health services from the State of California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Berkeley uses the funding to transform and expand local mental health services.
Mental Health Services Act funding expands Berkeley’s mental health services
MHSA funds prevention, early intervention, and treatment services to support our community’s mental health. Funding can also be used for improvements to infrastructure, technology, and training to support mental health services. MHSA funds services that are culturally responsive, consumer-informed, and focused on wellness and recovery.
Berkeley has used MHSA funding to provide:
- Expanded services for homeless people
- More intensive services for children with serious emotional needs
- New employment coordination for clients
- Expanded services to families
- Expanded consumer advocacy services
- More services for "transition-age youth" (ages 16 - 25), especially for those who are homeless
- Expanded multicultural outreach services
Projects are selected with public input
If you are interested in providing input on how MHSA funds are spent, please attend a MHSA Advisory Committee meeting. Committee meetings are open to the public and generally held on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:00 am–12:30 pm. Community meetings are also held during the year to provide input into MHSA Three Year Plans and Annual Updates. Please contact Karen Klatt, MHSA Coordinator, (510) 981-7644, KKlatt@berkeleyca.gov to inquire about specific MHSA Advisory Committee meetings or Community meeting dates and locations.
Through input from MHSA stakeholders, Mental Health Commissioners, the MHSA Advisory Committee, Health, Housing & Community Services Department staff, and interested community members, decisions are made on how to prioritize and utilize MHSA Funding. The City welcomes input from community stakeholders, including adults with severe mental illness, families of children, mental healthcare providers, law enforcement agencies, schools, and other important stakeholders.
For questions or inquiries about Mental Health Services, please email MentalHealth@berkeleyca.gov.
Recent MHSA documents are listed below, or you can view all MHSA documents.
Current Three-year plan and Annual Updates
The three-year plan outlines how the City plans to spend MHSA funds over the next three years. The plan is updated annually for the upcoming fiscal year. The Three-year Plans and Updates are listed by date below:
- MHSA FY24-26 Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan
- MHSA FY22/23 Annual Update
- MHSA FY21/22 Annual Update (Revised)
- MHSA FY20/21 Annual Update
- MHSA FY20/21 - 22/23 Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan (Revised)
Current Innovation (INN) Project plans
Learn about and provide input on new Innovation projects by reading the project plan.
- MHSA Innovations Encampment-based Mobile Wellness Center Project Plan (Revised)
- MHSA Innovations (INN) Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Evaluation Report (Final).
The annual revenue and expenditure reports provide transparency into how MHSA funding has been spent over the previous fiscal year.
- MHSA FY2021-22 Annual Revenue and Expenditure Report
- MHSA FY2020-21 Annual Revenue and Expenditure Report
- MHSA FY2019-20 Annual Revenue and Expenditure Report
- MHSA FY2018-19 Annual Revenue and Expenditure Report
Additional reports provide transparency into the operation of individual projects.
- Early Childhood Trauma and Resiliency Project (ECTR) Final 3-Year Evaluation Report - August 2021
- "Impact Berkeley" Results Based Accountability PEI Funded Programs FY2020 Fact Sheet Report
- "Impact Berkeley" Results Based Accountability PEI Funded Programs FY2019 Fact Sheet Report
- Homeless Outreach & Treatment Team Final Evaluation Report