What is the Mental Health Services Act?

More than two million Californians are affected by potentially disabling mental illnesses every year. About 30 years ago, California cut services in state mental hospitals, without providing adequate funding for mental health services in the community.

To address this, in 2004 voters approved the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), also known as Proposition 63. It places a 1% tax on personal income above $1 million. The MHSA emphasizes transformation of the mental health system while improving the quality of life for people living with a mental illness.