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Notice of Funds Availability and RFA - Availability of Funding for Hiring Triage Personnel: The Investment in the Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013

MHSOAC Executive director Governor's Exempt Appointment

New Commissioners TO MHSOAC

On August 19, 2013, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. announced the following appointment to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission:

  • Christopher Miller-Cole, 40, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Miller-Cole has served in multiple positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2006, including clinical psychologist at the Parole Outpatient Clinic. He held multiple positions at the City of Berkeley Mental Health Department from 2002 to 2006, including mental health clinician and pre- and post-doctoral intern. Miller-Cole completed clinical traineeships at New Leaf Services in San Francisco from 2000 to 2001, John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro from 1999 to 2000 and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Detoxification and Aftercare Program from 1998 to 1999. He was a research associate at the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health from 1995 to 1998 and a volunteer facilitator for the Stop AIDS Project from 1994 to 1995. Miller-Cole is a business agent at AFSCME District Council 57 and member of the San Pablo Corridor Coalition and the West Oakland Neighbors. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Miller-Cole is a Democrat. Dr. Miller-Cole has been appointed to the last vacant MHSOAC seat: the representative for a labor organization.

On June 28, 2013, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. announced the following appointment to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission:

  • John Boyd, 43, of Folsom, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Boyd has been chief administrative officer of Regional Behavioral Health and Continuing Care at Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, since 2008. He was assistant administrator at the Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento Medical Center from 2007 to 2008. Boyd held multiple positions at Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1999 to 2006, including Western Region Director of Development. He served as a City of Sacramento Planning and Design Commissioner from 2004 to 2008. Boyd is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Boyd is a Democrat.

On June 4, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission:

  • Khatera Aslami-Tamplen, 34, of Fairfield, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Aslami-Tamplen has been consumer relations manager at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services since 2012. She was executive director at Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services from 2007 to 2012 and served in multiple positions at the Telecare Corporation Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center from 2002 to 2007, including director of rehabilitation. Aslami-Tamplen is a member of the Client and Family Leadership Committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations.
  • John Buck, 61, of Folsom, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Buck has served in multiple positions at Turning Point Community Programs since 1977, including chief executive officer. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Developmental Disabilities Planning and Advisory Council. Buck earned a Master of Business Administration degree from National University.

President Pro Tem Steinberg Letter to U.S. Vice President

CA Senate President pro Tem and Prop 63 Author Darrell Steinberg calls on U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to adopt Prop 63 full service partnerships, prevention, and early intervention services as the national model for mental health and calls on the federal government to match state investment in these services dollar for dollar.

Click here to read letter to U.S. Vice President 


The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Youth and Families has completed a report evaluating Full Service Partnerships, part of the Community Services and Supports (CSS) funding allocation from Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act.

Read the full report here.

NAMI California Releases List of MHSA Funded Programs

The MHSOAC would like to invite you to view the first countywide comprehensive list of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded programs released by NAMI California on May 17, 2012.  This new report details the 1,600 programs funded by the MHSA to serve the hundreds of thousands of Californians with mental illness.

Find additional information at:

Release of Innovation Evaluation Contract RFP

You are invited to review and respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP), for the Innovation Evaluation Contract, entitled RFP 12MHSOAC015. The California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC or Commission) is seeking a contractor to evaluate the counties’ design and implementation of the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA or Act) Innovative Programs, among other activities and deliverables to be named in this Request for Proposal (RFP). In submitting a proposal, a proposer must comply with the instructions found herein.


The above RFP (12MHSOAC015) is now posted to BidSync at

Questions & Answers - posted 2/25/2013 at 03:30 p.m.

Spanish Version of CFLC Transformation Policy Paper Now Available

The Spanish version of the Client and Family Leadership Committee (CFLC) Transformation Policy Paper titled, "Client-driven, Family-focused Transformation of the Mental Health System Through the California Mental Health Services Act", is now available here. The English version of the Transformation Policy Paper is available here.

MHSOAC 2012 Report to the Governor and Legislature

The 2012 Legislative Report addresses the Commission’s task to provide meaningful and effective oversight and accountability for the MHSA in a changing mental health environment. Additionally, the report focuses on: fiscal oversight; evaluation; the oversight, review, and evaluation of local and statewide MHSA projects and programs; the perspective and participation of persons with mental illness and their families in decision making; and the next steps for the MHSOAC. The 2012 Legislative Report

MHSOAC Calls for Art and Writing Submissions!

art - Mother Nature

The MHSOAC is currently accepting artwork and writing produced by consumers in recovery, family members, and the mental health stakeholders’ community at large to be featured in our special edition newsletter, MHSOAC Expressions, as well as future issues of the MHSOAC newsletter, MHSOAC Update, and public view on the MHSOAC Website.

Please submit your artwork, short stories, and poems before July 6, 2012 to be considered for inclusion.  We encourage all themes and topics, but especially those with themes of: wellness, recovery, and personal experiences or triumphs as related to mental health.

For submission and consent forms or further information please see our Call for Arts and Writings Flyer.

You are Invited to Participate in a Statewide Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

The MHSOAC has contracted with UCLA to conduct a statewide evaluation of the MHSA.  As a part of the evaluation, UCLA will be administering a survey to be completed by adult consumers, parents of child consumers, or other family or non-family member representatives.  The survey will ask questions about consumers’ experiences with crisis interventions, peer/family support programs, and employment services in the public mental health system. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. The survey is available at:

Please Note: UCLA will be accepting surveys from mid-April through May 25th.
If you have any further questions about this study, please contact Todd Sosna at or (805) 452-1010.

Community Forum Summaries

The Chico Community Forum summary from April 4, 2012 is now available. The Roseville, San Francisco, and Modesto Community Forum summaries from April 26th, September 27th, and December 8th, 2011 respectively, have also been completed. 

Logic Model and Principles Paper

A number of recent actions by the Legislature and Governor invite a conversation among the Commissioners regarding how the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s (MHSOAC) oversight role changed and critical mental health functions that should be maintained in a changing mental health environment.

On March 24, 2011, Governor Brown assigned Assembly Bill 100 (AB 100) into law, making a number of changes to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), including the elimination of review and approval of county MHSA plans by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the MHSOAC.  AB 100 also contained Legislative intent language specifying that it was the Legislature’s intent to ensure continued state oversight and accountability of the MHSA.  It is AB 100’s intent that the state, in consultation with the MHSOAC, establish a more effective means of ensuring county performance complies with the MHSA.

The following documents were created to guide the Commission and MHSOAC staff in its work and priorities:

Report on MHSA Housing Program

The Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes released a report on August 11, 2011, “Housing the Mentally Ill and Chronically Homeless:  An Effective Solution, but Counties Need Greater Flexibility.”  Click here to view the report or visit the SOOO website at

PEI Trends Report Update

The original PEI Trends Report, published in December 2009, surveyed 223 programs in 32 approved county PEI work plans. MHSOAC has updated the original report to include all California counties and 485 programs. The updated PEI Trends Report was given to the MHSOAC on May 26, 2011 and is available here.

California Mental Health Services Act: Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Clearinghouse

Research shows that mental health prevention and early intervention works. The MHSA makes it possible for these findings to become reality for Californians who might otherwise suffer significant disruption in their lives. The Prevention and Early Intervention Clearinghouse was developed as a one-stop-shop for mental health consumers, families and providers. Click on this California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) link below for resources that promote wellness and resiliency for all Californians.

MHSOAC First Report to the Governor and Legislature

Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI)

57 counties plus the Tri-City Area and the City of Berkeley have submitted PEI plans and all have been approved. Click here to read more about PEI and see county plans

Innovation (INN)

As of November 2010, the MHSOAC has approved 28 Innovation (INN) plans for 26 counties for a total of $108,357,624 in approved INN funds. Click here to see more on the Innovation component as well as the county plans.


For more information on all 5 of the MHSA components, click here.

MHSA Fast Facts

Proposition 63 avoids more costly services for state and county governments by reducing homelessness, emergency medical care, long term nursing home care, unemployment, hospitalization, and incarceration.

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) services, funded by MHSA dollars, are designed to prevent mental illness and emotional disturbance from becoming severe, disabling and costly to individuals, families, communities and the State.

In FY 2011/12 Counties will receive less funding per capita for community mental health than they received in FY 2004/05 per capita, while service mandates and expectations have increased.

For more Fast Facts on the MHSA and related programs, click here to view and download our MHSA Fast Fact Sheets.

MHSA at Five Years

Mental Health Services Act - Información en Español