Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation funds provide exciting opportunities to learn something new that has the potential to transform the mental health system.

In 2009, the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) issued an Information Notice containing the Proposed Guidelines for the Innovation component of the MHSA (DMH Info Notice 09-02). These Guidelines were developed by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) and define an Innovation program as one that:

  • contributes to learning
  • tries out new approaches that can inform current and future practices