In an effort to identify behavioral health needs within the community, Plumas County Behavioral Health is beginning a brief period of collecting opinions from community members. The information gathered will help guide the development of Plumas County’s 3-Year MHSA plan, for the period of July, 2017 through June, 2020.
MHSA stands for Mental Health Services Act, which is otherwise known as Proposition 63 and was passed by California voters in 2004. The purpose of MHSA is to address serious mental illness in all age ranges by providing services not previously available, and to reduce the impacts of untreated mental illness, with an emphasis on innovation and cultural responsiveness. Plumas County’s MHSA guiding principles are to provide strong programs that involve consumers, family members, and peers in providing both direct and indirect supportive services to behavioral health clients and their families. An allocation of 20% of available MHSA funds is dedicated to prevention and early intervention efforts. Funds may also go to providing other needs such as capital facilities, technology, and training and education.
By law, MHSA requires a “meaningful stakeholder process.” Collection and analysis of information gathered from the surveys is the first step in that process. Three types of surveys are available: adult and child/family surveys are available to all stakeholders, including consumers, family members of consumers, parents, and partnering agencies. A third survey will be used to collect information from school personnel.
The data collected from the surveys will be used to guide Focus Groups, scheduled to be held April – May, 2017. Upcoming community meetings are planned for May 15 – 23, 2017. Following the community meetings, there will be a 30-day public review and comment period, allowing additional feedback on the draft MHSA 3-Year Plan, prior to a Behavioral Health Commission public hearing in late June, 2017. The final step in the plan approval will be for the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to adopt the plan, tentatively scheduled for July, 2017.
Surveys may be obtained in a number of ways: They will be available at Wellness and Family Resource Centers in Chester and Greenville, at the Family Resource Centers in Portola and Quincy, through MHSA partner agencies, at the Behavioral Health office in the County Annex Building and Quincy Drop-In Center, as well as at schools, electronically via e-mail request at
es, and on the Plumas County website, under Behavioral Health and MHSA tabs. The form may be e-mailed to
es; please save the file with a new name, ex: lastname_mhsa_survey. To thank participants for returning surveys, Plumas County Behavioral Health will enter those who provide contact information into a drawing to win one of five (5) $50.00 gas or grocery cards; winners will be notified on or around April 17, 2017. The deadline for submission of surveys is April 14, 2017. Participation of community members is both requested and valued.
For questions concerning the Mental Health Services Act and Plumas County Behavioral Health programs, please feel free to contact Aimee Heaney, MHSA Coordinator, at (530) 283-6307, ext. 1016, or at