MHSA Innovation Promise and Potential
- Why Innovation?
- What we don’t know exceeds what we know
- Creativity of community
- Transformation: develop and evaluate new mental health practices, encourage adoption throughout California
- Challenge to public sector innovation
- Every county creates, innovates
- Some Innovative Programs won’t work
- Change is challenging
- Sustaining Innovative Projects
Innovation may affect virtually any aspect of mental health practices or assess a new or changed application of a promising approach to solving persistent, seemingly intractable mental health challenges.
- Introduces new mental health practices/approaches including prevention and early intervention or
- Changes an existing mental health practice/approach, including adaptation for a new setting or community or
- Introduces a new application to the mental health system of a promising community driven practice/approach that has been successful in non-mental health contexts or settings
MHSOAC and Innovation
- Counties’ Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plans and Annual Updates, including programs for innovations, shall be submitted to the MHSOAC within 30 days of adoption by boards of supervisor.
- County mental health programs shall expend funds for their innovation programs upon approval of the MHSOAC.
- Increase access to services
- Increase access to services for underserved groups
- Improve the quality of services including measurable outcomes
- Promote interagency and community collaboration
MHSA General Standards
- Community collaboration
- Cultural competence
- Focused on wellness, recovery, and resilience
- Integrated service experience for clients and their families