CHA News Article

State Auditor Releases Report on MHSA Programs, Oversight

The California Bureau of State Audits yesterday released its report and recommendations resulting from an examination of Prop. 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The audit analyzed MHSA programs in four counties — Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Bernardino and Santa Clara — focusing on oversight and funding allocations. The audit found that none of the counties’ expenditures violated MHSA provisions. The report recommends that the Department of Health Care Services, the new oversight entity for MHSA, establish more comprehensive monitoring of all county initiatives funded by the act, conducting on-site reviews, adopting best practices, and specifying program goals and measurement data.

Statewide organizations and stakeholders immediately expressed support for the report and its findings. The California Mental Health Directors’ Association, representing the mental health directors from the state’s 58 counties, said in a formal statement, “California’s counties have always welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate the value of the community mental health services we provide through the Mental Health Services Act, and are pleased to find that we agree with the findings of the State Auditor today … We agree with the Auditor that state oversight agencies must develop an effective and standardized evaluation method so that we can tell these county-by-county stories on a statewide basis.”

A fact sheet about the auditor’s report is attached. To download the complete report, visit