County of Marin Health and Human Services


Hear directly from members of the Transitional Age Youth Advisory Council about the impact of the Growing Roots Project: 


View the slides from final Growing Roots Community Presentation on June 26, 2019

Read the final Growing Roots Project Evaluation Report

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.

Primary Purposes

  • 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
  • Client-driven
  • Family-driven
  • Focused on wellness, recovery, and resilience
  • Integrated service experience for clients and their families

Mental Health and Substance Use Services (MHSUS) changed its name to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).  As such, all references in existing departmental policies and procedures to MHSUS can be understood to reference BHRS as well.