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County mental health agency to host community meetings

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The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division, will host a series of community meetings to solicit public input on the County's Mental Health Services Act programs.

California voters passed MHSA (Proposition 63), in November of 2004, and MHSA was enacted into law January 1, 2005. MHSA imposes a one percent tax on personal income in excess of $1,000,000, a press release stated. These funds are distributed to counties through the state and are intended to transform the mental health system into one that is consumer- and family-driven; recovery oriented; has services that are accessible; is culturally competent; and offers services appropriate for the population that is served, the county stated in the release.

Mental health clients/consumers, family members, providers and individuals interested in participating in discussion regarding the future of community mental health are encouraged to attend. Each meeting will begin with an overview of the topic from county staff and conclude with an opportunity for attendees to provide input about community mental health needs. Interested individuals may elect to attend only those topics of interest at a single location.

The schedule for meetings in South Lake Tahoe, which will be held at South Lake Tahoe Library, 100 Rufus Allen Blvd., is as follows:

April 26, 2-3:30 p.m.: MHSA legislation, funding and annual plans

May 10, 2-4 p.m.: community services and supports, including housing

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May 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: prevention and early intervention programs

May 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: innovation programs

June 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: workforce education and training programs

June 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: capital facilities and technology needs

For information, contact MHSA Program Manager Ren Scammon at 530-621-6340.

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