Mental Health Services Act – Cycle IV

Fiscal Year 2017/2018 through 2019/2020

The following four regional centers received MHSA funding for five projects. Please click the project link below to view information about each project.

MHSA Cycle IV Projects PDF

Side by Side: Enriching Children’s Lives through Parent-Provider Relationships

In collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, and other local community partners, the project will convene a planning and advisory board to identify local needs and system challenges. The project will provide symposiums for service providers and parent workshops, culminating in a final symposium inclusive of service providers and parents. This project will specifically:

  • Develop and increase competence of the early intervention workforce;
  • Guide future trainings on early intervention;
  • Increase parental knowledge of child development;
  • Improve engagement with families;
  • Increase progress in social and emotional development; and,
  • Increase collaboration and coordination of services.

Counties: Los Angeles County

Contact: Denise Godfrey-Pinn

Social-Sexual Education Project

In collaboration with multi-disciplinary local partners, this project will develop an evidence-based, social-sexual curriculum/educational program based on safe relationship development and sexual behavior to increase consumers’ access to the community, reduce the risk of victimization and entrance into the criminal justice system. This project will develop and provide a sharable web-based curriculum that will be available statewide.

County: Sonoma, Solano, Napa

Contact: Katie Pedgrift

Engaging Families to Effectively Support Their Child’s Social and Emotional Development

In collaboration with Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center, this project will train Early Start partners to provide evidence-based, prevention and early intervention services to families and their children, including adult consumers with children at risk. This project will also improve identification of social and emotional delays, increase referrals, and implement evidence-based supports and services to enhance family relationships and improve social and emotional development.

Counties: Los Angeles County Contacts: Maricel Cruzat

Mental Health Assessment and Support Project

In collaboration with the California Institute of Health and Social Services, this project will create a specialized mental health triage team. The team will provide person-centered case formulation, treatment planning, mental health, psychiatric assessment, and referral services to persons with developmental disabilities at risk for co-occurring mental disorders. Additionally, through community collaboration, the project will specifically:

  • Increase internal and external identification of dually diagnosed consumers;
  • Train service coordinators in making appropriate referrals and recognizing mental health conditions;
  • Train vendors in recognizing characteristics of co-occurring diagnoses; and,
  • Increase the number of mental health clinicians capable of serving this population locally.

Counties: Los Angeles County

Contacts: Maura Gibney

Evidence-Based Practices for Behavioral Health Providers

In collaboration with multi-disciplinary local partners, this project will conduct an annual two-day conference for the three-year project cycle. Each conference will include trained experts in the field who will share information on understanding developmental disorders, application of therapeutic interventions, appropriate psychotropic interventions, crisis response, inpatient treatment, and collaboration on future behavioral health goals to close gaps in access and availability. These conferences will include multi-system providers and professionals who will engage in table discussions that collaboratively address the complex needs of the dually diagnosed.

County: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador

Contacts: Barbara Johnson


Last modified: April 29, 2023