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Little Hoover Commission Reports on Mental Health Services Act

Yesterday, the Little Hoover Commission — a bipartisan and independent state agency charged with recommending ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs — released a report on the state’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), titled Promises Still to Keep: A Decade of the Mental Health Services Act. The report calls on the state to better validate how the $13 billion raised through the act has been used to help Californians with mental illness recover and find stable housing or jobs, and how it has prevented others from developing a serious mental illness. The Commission urges the Governor, Legislature and state agencies responsible for overseeing the act to take several actions, including expanding the authority of the MHSA oversight commission and improving financial reporting to ensure progress toward outcomes. The report is available on the Commission’s website at