Innovation Delegated Authority and Processes

Delegated Authority

On May 23, 2019, the Commission approved delegated authority to the Executive Director, with the consent of the Chair, to approve county Innovation projects that meet any of the following conditions:

  • The county INN budget for each project is $1,000,000 or less
  • The county project proposes to join an existing project and would contribute to statewide learning
  • The project has been developed in partnership with the Commission, such as through the Innovation Incubator

Counties are still required to meet the regulatory requirements of a local mental health board hearing, 30-day public comment and BOS approval. Commission staff will also still complete a staff analysis to assist the Executive Director and Chair in making their final decisions in each case above. Any project approved by delegated authority, still requires a staff analysis, opportunity for public input and public reporting of how and when delegated authority is exercised.

Consent Process

Many boards, commissions and other bodies, including the Legislature, use a consent process to approve items that are noncontroversial, consistent with prior decisions or that do not raise concerns in an analysis. Typically, a consent process is overseen by the entity’s chair. For example, the Legislature uses a consent calendar that allows for a vote on non‐controversial items in a streamlined process without formal presentation and deliberation. Legislative rules allow any member of the body to remove an item from Consent with notice to the Chair, without the need for justification.

Similarly, county Innovation plans may be placed on the consent calendar upon approval of the Chair, where the analysis has not identified concerns, including from public comment. Plan on the consent calendar will be considered for vote by the full Commission without presentation. Any Commissioner may remove a plan from the consent calendar prior to a vote, and the plan would then be placed on a future meeting agenda.

Counties are still required to meet the regulatory requirements of a local mental health board hearing, 30-day public comment and BOS approval. Commission staff will also still complete a staff analysis to assist the Executive Director and Chair in making their final decisions in each case above.

Community Planning Process and Stakeholder Advocacy

Prior to submitting a FINAL innovation project plan:

  • Counties shall conduct a 30-day local review process. Innovation projects that are submitted within their Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plans or Annual Updates or submitted separately as standalone projects are all subject to the same requirement.
  • Counties must include a summary and analysis of any substantive recommendations.
  • Counties must present and submit documentation that a public hearing was held by the local mental health board/commission.Counties must present and submit documentation that their County Board of Supervisors has also approved the project and the associating expenditures of innovation component funds (The Commission is flexible on this requirement as some County processes require Commission approval BEFORE Board of Supervisor approval)

In addition to the above three local processes, Commission staff share the DRAFT and then the FINAL innovation project plans with the Commission’s List Serve and Stakeholder Contractors to provide an opportunity for public input and engagement via letters and statements of support or opposition. If any are received, they are summarized, analyzed and incorporated in the Staff Analysis.