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Mental Health Services Act

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The California Mental Health Services Act of 2004 levied 1% of taxpayer income over $1 million to fund previously unfunded or underfunded mental health efforts.  At the Clinics, programs were developed to address the needs of clients of all ages requiring both long-term and short-term services, plus Wellness and Recovery Centers for adults and Drop-In Centers for Transitional Age Youth.

Funded programs through the MHSA promote Prevention and Early Intervention Services and the use of a wide range of Evidence Based Practices, also known as “best practices”.

The MHSA also funds the Mental Health Worker ParaprofessionalTraining program for adult and TAY consumers in Los Angeles County; adult trainings are also open to family members and interested individuals from the community. This certificated course is offered through Pasadena City College, with a field training component provided at the Clinics and at other local agencies. In addition, the Clinics offers qualified students a Temporary Work Experience opportunity after graduation, resulting in several graduates being employed at the Clinics and elsewhere.

Many graduates of Pacific Clinics training programs now work for the agency or other mental health organizations as peer partners or mental health workers.

To find out more about this program, call 626 960-4020,Ext. 207.

Now receiving MHSA funding through the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Recovery Education Institute (REI) located in the city of Orange works in collaboration with Saddleback and Santa Ana Colleges to help put persons with “lived experience” of mental illness on a path to gaining an Associate of Arts or other educational degree in the mental health field. The program offers five components: (1) Workshop courses; (2) Prevocational courses; (3) College-credit courses; (4) Extended education courses; and (5) Student advisement.

For more information, contact the program by e-mail: OCREI@pacificclinics.org or phone: 714-244-4322.

MHSA-funded Full Service Partnership and drop-in/clubhouse-type programs as noted serve hundreds of Pacific Clinics clients in the following age groups as indicated:

Children (ages 0-15), Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties

Client-Run Centers/Clubhouses (adults ages 26-59), Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties

Transitional Age Youth, Los Angeles County (ages 16-25)and Ventura County (ages 18-25)

Adults (ages 26-59), Los Angeles County

Older Adults (ages 60+), Los Angeles County

Wellness and Recovery Centers (ages 26-59), Los Angeles County