Category Archives: MHSA Innovation

Proposed New MHSA Innovation Regs

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking for Innovative Projects of the Mental Health Services Act.

This rulemaking is in the 45-day public comment period. Inquiries and comments regarding the substance of these regulations may be directed to Lauren Quintero at (916) 445-8696 or

A copy of the notice, proposed regulation text, and the initial statement of reasons is here.



Alameda County – Mentors on Discharge (MoD)

Connecting to the local mental health support community is one method to assist the patient as they transition from inpatient to less restrictive levels of care. This program asks the question will introducing patients, while hospitalized, to a peer mentor prior to discharge reduce the rate of re-hospitalizations as measured by length of time between hospitalizations?

To view the presentation, go to

New MHSOAC INN Approval Process

OAC released a letter providing instructions on how to expend funds for Innovation Programs. The MHSOAC is committed to making the review and approval process as smooth as possible and will actively provide technical assistance and support to guide counties through approval.

To assist the counties with program preparation, please see the Innovation Review Tool below.