Department of Behavioral Health Seeks Public Input on MHSA Annual Plan

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) invites community members to review and comment on the draft Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Plan for fiscal year 2021/2022.

The draft plan is a comprehensive report that illustrates the impact made by DBH and its contracted partners in addressing the behavioral health needs of San Bernardino County, in light of COVID-19, and the proposed changes to MHSA programing in the upcoming fiscal years.

“Although the COVID-19 public health crisis has impacted the economy and tax revenues, DBH has continued to provide effective and accessible behavioral health services,” said DBH Director Veronica Kelley. “We’ve done this by implementing new strategies for connecting with our clients and community members through telehealth, three new crisis texting lines, and virtual platforms including WebEx and Facebook Live, to name a few. These efforts and more are presented in the draft MHSA annual update and we invite everyone to review and comment on the report.”

View and comment on the draft plan by visiting http://www.sbcounty.gov/dbh now until March 27. Comment forms are available in English and Spanish. Feedback is welcome and encouraged.

For additional information on the update or to request interpretation services or disability-related accommodations, call (800) 722-9866 (dial 7-1-1 for TTY users) or email mhsa@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

The MHSA was passed by California voters in November 2004 and is funded by a one percent tax surcharge on personal income over $1 million per year.

DBH, through the MHSA, is supporting the Countywide Vision by providing behavioral health services and ensuring residents have the resources they need to promote wellness, recovery, and resilience in the community. Information on the Countywide Vision and on DBH can be found at http://www.sbcounty.gov.

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