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Public Invited To Comment On Mental Health Services Act In Placer County

May 07, 2010

The public is invited to comment on the Placer County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Statewide Projects Assignment of Funds, in writing to the Health and Human Services Department. A copy of the report can be found at http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/hhs/adult/MHSA.aspx.

In May 2008, the MHSA Oversight and Accountability Commission (OAC) determined that the three PEI Statewide Projects, Suicide Prevention, Student Mental Health Initiative, and Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, would be most effectively implemented through a single administrative entity. The MHSA OAC approved the Placer funding level of $1,096,400 million for four years specifically for these three projects. Department of Mental Health (DMH) has agreed to implement these projects upon receiving funds from the Counties and the appropriate state budget authority. For DMH to access funds to implement the PEI Statewide Projects, it is necessary for Counties to assign funds to DMH for these projects.

After a comprehensive community planning process in 2005, Placer County developed a three-year program and expenditure plan for monies generated by the Mental Health Services Act. The goal of the Act and the Campaign for Community Wellness is to transform the mental health system into one that is more client and family-driven and focused on the principles of recovery and resilience. Another goal is to identify and address specific areas of service need in Placer County.

Public comment may be sent in writing electronically to mzavoras@placer.ca.gov or by mail to Michele Zavoras, Placer County Adult System of Care, 101 Cirby Hills Drive, Roseville, CA 95678 by June 1, 2010.

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