Assembly Bill 462, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond) allows the Employment Development Department (EDD) to share employment data with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). The shared employment data will allow the MHSOAC to better assess employment outcomes for people with mental health needs. The bill passed both legislative houses with unanimous support and was signed by the Governor today.
California’s Mental Health Services Act, passed by voters in 2004, established the MHSOAC to promote change for California’s mental health system and to develop the tools and strategies needed to ensure oversight and accountability. Among other goals, the Act identifies reducing unemployment as a key goal for mental health services.