The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), administered by the California State Department of Mental Health (DMH), is funded through a 1% tax on personal income over $1 million/year. In general, MHSA provides funding for necessary infrastructure, technology, and training elements that effectively support the public behavioral health system. The MHSA housing program provides funding for the capital costs and operating subsidies to develop Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and who meet the MHSA Housing Program target population criteria.