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

September is Suicide Prevention Month in Merced County

September 1st through 30th is recognized across the United States as Suicide Prevention Month, which creates an opportunity to educate our community about warning signs and how best to help those most in need. 

The Merced County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed the month of September, 2021 as “SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH” throughout Merced County, and encourages all citizens of Merced County to learn more about suicide prevention and awareness.  

Join Merced County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services for an outreach event in honor of Suicide Prevention Month. Visit resource tables to learn more about suicide prevention resources, community supports, and how we can build protective factors in our community. This event is free to attend and open to the public. (Please note that masks are required.)

Date:        Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time:        9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:  301 East 13th Street, Merced, CA  95341 
(in the back parking lot located along 15th Street)

Contact MHSA@countyofmerced.com or 1-866-626-6472 for more information about this event.

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Worknet Community Engagement Collaboration

Merced County BHRS and Worknet are proud to join together to meet the needs of individuals who are unserved and underserved in Merced County.

  • Mobile Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Van
  • Resources and linkage to treatment
  • Employment & training information

Upcoming 2021 Outreach Dates

May 28th, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 13th, August 27th, September 10th, September 24th

Time:  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location:  Merced County BHRS, 301 East 13th Street, Merced, California, 95341 (Located in the back parking lot along 15th Street)

For more information, contact MHSA@countyofmerced.com or by calling 1-866-626-6472.

Picture of Flyer for Merced County Behavioral Health and Worknet-Outreach Van Events
  • MHSA partners with Merced College to offer free Psycho-social Rehabilitation Trainings each semester.  For Fall 2021, Module 4, Community Integration, is being offered. To register contact Riva Akajan at riva.akajan@mccd.edu 
  • MHSA partners with Public Health to provide Health Education classes, workshops and trainings aimed to improve both mental and physical health. 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 inspiring and creative consumer and community artwork.