Cover of MHSA Annual Update featuring text and image of sunset over Cerro San Luis and Bishop Peak.
Cover of MHSA Annual Update

Mental Health Services Act DRAFT Annual Update Posted for 30-Day Review

Author: Frank Warren
Date: 10/18/2022 2:41:59 PM

The Behavioral Health Department has released its Annual Update of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) plans and programs, along with the Three-Year Expenditure Plan for a required 30-day public review.


The County of San Luis Obispo’s Annual Update to fiscal year 2021-2022, and Three-Year Plan for FY 2023-2025, has been posted for Public Review and Comment for 30 days, October 18 through November 16, 2022. The review period will conclude with a Public Hearing on November 16, 2022 as part of the monthly Behavioral Health Board Meeting.

San Luis Obispo County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update to the Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan (2020-2022) provides an overview of the work plans and projects being implemented as part of the series of service components launched with the passing of Proposition 63 in 2004. This Update reports on the programs and services provided in Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (FY 21-22) as part of the Three Year Plan for fiscal years 2020-2022. This document also includes the county’s next Three-Year Expenditure Plan for Fiscal Years 2023-2025.

Examples of this year’s Annual Update highlights include:

Of the 174 "Full Service Partnership" clients served during FY 2021-2022:

  • Homelessness of clients was reduced by 88%
  • General Hospital days were reduced 20%
  • Jail days of clients were reduced 85%
  • Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) days increased 36%

Crisis calls to the Mental Health Evaluation Team increased by 31%, while the Crisis Stabilization Unit admitted 451 people, an increase of 24% from the previous year. 

213 youth participated in the Middle School Comprehensive Programs, including the Student Assistance Program, which provides early intervention to support student well-being. Pre-Post surveys demonstrate improved academic performance, fewer absent days, a 32% increase in ability to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety, a 38% decrease in the amount of suicidal ideation, and a 51% reduction in reported self-harm.

To review the Draft MHSA Annual Update and Three-Year Expenditure Plan, please visit: 

https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Behavioral-Health/Mental-Health-Services-Act-(MHSA)/What-s-New.aspx