After three decades of chronic under-funding of community mental
health services for individuals with severe mental illness,
California voters approved Proposition 63 — the Mental Health
Services Act (MHSA) — in 2004. This landmark initiative increases
funding for the community mental health system, and lays the
groundwork for the transformation of the mental health service
delivery system from a “fail first” system to one that promotes
early intervention and recovery.
The NIMH Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative
of the NIMH partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute on
Drug Abuse (NIDA) that enlists national and state organizations
to help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice by
disseminating the latest scientific findings, informing the
public about mental illnesses.