Mental Health Services Act

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Welcome to Merced County’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) page.

What is MHSA?

Purpose: MHSA (or Proposition 63) was approved by voters in 2004.  This Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million in order to increase county mental health funding. MHSA is focused on creating an innovative mental health system that promotes wellness, recovery, and resiliency while decreasing stigma. Services are culturally competent, easier to access, and more effective in preventing and treating serious mental illness.  Please select to view the latest version of the Amended MHSA as revised 01/27/2020

MHSA is based on 5 essential elements:

  • Cultural Competence 
  • Community Collaboration 
  • Consumer and Family Driven Services 
  • Focus on Wellness, Recovery and Resiliency 
  • An Integrated Services Experience

MHSA is implemented through five (5) main Components: 

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Picture of the Cover Page of the 2020-2023 MHSA Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan


Merced County's 2020-2021 to 2022-2023 MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure

Merced County's 2020-2021 to 2022-2023 MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan was approved by the Merced County Behavioral Health Board at a Public Hearing held on October 20, 2020.

DRAFT 2020-2021 to 2022-2023 MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan for 30-Day Public Review (Updated 10/20/20)

The 2020-2021 to 2022-2023 MHSA Three-Year Plan will next be considered for adoption by the Merced County Board of Supervisors, with a target board date of November 17, 2020.

Other News

  • MHSA partners with Public Health to provide Health Education classes, workshops and trainings aimed to improve both mental and physical. Call Public Health at (209) 381-1223 or email them at PublicHealthCOPE@countyofmerced.com to learn about upcoming classes or workshops.

  • Visit the MHSA Events and Campaigns Page to access recent event photos and learn more about these educational and inspiring events.


  • Visit the MHSA Artwork Page to view more inspiring and creative consumer and community artwork.
Picutre of the 2019 Youth Art Contest 1st Place Winning Entry
Picutre of the 2019 Adult Art Contest 1st Place Winning Entry