Funding application available for review
November 21, 2005
The El Dorado County Mental Health Department is pleased to announce that the Community Services and Supports application for Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) funds is available for review at http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/mentalhealth/.
In November 2004, Proposition 63 was approved by voters thereby establishing an additional annual allocation of $1.4 million for mental health services to the seriously mentally ill in El Dorado County.
An extensive community outreach and planning process took place between February and October of this year to identify the priority needs – El Dorado County Mental Health conducted 82 focus groups and MHSA trainings, 23 interviews, and collected 545 survey responses. In addition, 104 community representatives were involved in the workgroup planning process – including mental health consumers and their family members.
A major goal of the MHSA is to reduce long-term adverse community impacts of untreated mental illness, such as homelessness, institutionalization, incarceration and out-of-home placement. Based on the MHSA requirements and the community findings, the El Dorado application for the $1.4 million annual MHSA allocation proposes five programs: Wraparound Services for uninsured youth at risk of out-of-home placement, an alternative Mental Health Court for transitional age youth and adults, an integrated services program that includes housing for transitional age youth and adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, a mobile treatment team for older adults, and a Latino Engagement Initiative offering outreach, peer counseling, and bilingual/bicultural mental health services in a community-based model.
The public is encouraged to review the draft application and provide the Mental Health Department with feedback by e-mail (MHSA@co.el-dorado.ca.us), postal mail (El Dorado County Mental Health Department, MHSA Project Management Team, 344 Placerville Drive, Suite 20, Placerville, CA 95667) or by attending the public hearing.
A public hearing will be conducted by the Mental Health Commission at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 330 Fair Lane, Building A, in Placerville. A presentation will also be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the El Dorado County Library, South Lake Tahoe branch, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. There will be a period for public comment. All community members are welcome.
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Consistent with the state Department of Mental Health requirements, the draft application will be posted for 30 days prior to the public hearing. Feedback may be submitted to the County Department of Mental Health and/or presented at the Public Hearing. The Mental Health Department will subsequently document and consider all substantive feedback before finalizing the application, which will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for their review prior to submission to the State.
It is important to note that DMH has indicated that their review process will take approximately three months. Therefore, acquisition of funds and implementation is not anticipated until April 2006.