The role of the Mental Health Services Oversight and
Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is to oversee the
implementation of the Mental Health Services Act
(MHSA). The MHSOAC is also responsible for developing
strategies to overcome stigma. At any time, the MHSOAC may
advise the Governor or the Legislature on mental health policy.
The local Mental Health Board/Commission is a citizen board
mandated by State law. Members are appointed to the Board by the
local county governing body, the Board of Supervisors. Mental
Health Board/Commissions are advisory to both the Board of
Supervisors and the local mental health director as to any aspect
of the local mental health program. The ultimate goal of MHB/Cs
is to ensure the development of improved services, access to
services and the best mental health program possible.
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
was created in 1978 to provide the State with an enhanced
understanding of the structure and function of its healthcare
delivery systems. Since that time, OSHPD’s role has expanded to
include direct delivery of various services designed to promote
healthcare accessibility within California. OSHPD is the leader
in collecting data and disseminating information about
California’s healthcare infrastructure, promoting an equitably
distributed healthcare workforce, and publishing valuable
information about healthcare outcomes.
The California Mental Health Planning Council is mandated by
federal and state statute to advocate for children with serious
emotional disturbances and adults and older adults with serious
mental illness, to provide oversight and accountability for the
public mental health system, and to advise the Administration and
the Legislature on priority issues and participate in statewide
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.