Butte County Behavioral Health is hosting a series of stakeholder meetings, starting today in Paradise with additional meetings next week in Chico, Gridley and Oroville. An online survey is also available, as behavioral health officials look for citizens to tell them which programs work, which don’t, and offer innovative ideas for additional services.
Butte County anticipates receiving $8.3 million in funding through the MHSA next fiscal year. In addition to data on program outcomes and demographics, input from the meetings will be used to drive programming for the next three years.
Five percent of the allocation must be spent on innovative programs, which amounts to an anticipated $417,868 for 2014-15. Past allocations have supported the Torres Shelter and Working Innovations Network and short-term projects.