CSAC Bulletin Article

Steinberg Institute Report Shows Positive Impact of MHSA-Funded Programs

May 12, 2016

Mental health funding has made dents in homelessness and psychiatric hospitalizations, according to a new report by the Steinberg Institute. The report evaluates Proposition 63 (Mental Health Services Act, or MHSA) funded programs. The report was produced in partnership with the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA), a CSAC affiliate that represents the mental health directors of all 58 counties and two cities. The report shows the impacts of the comprehensive mental health services provided to Californians through this funding.

Specifically, the report shows that after only one year of services, homelessness decreased for adults by 52% and that psychiatric hospitalization was reduced by 57% for youth and 51% for older adults. Additionally, the report found that the services provided with MHSA funded programs decreased incarcerations by 49% for youths, 58% for adults, and 75% for older adults.

The report also details the association cost savings that results from the MHSA funded programs. More detailed cost savings can be found in the full report here. The report clearly demonstrates both the benefits to vulnerable Californians and the financial benefits of investing in mental health services.

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