Contra Costa to Host Community Forums About Mental Health Services Act Programs

September 22, 2017 10:00 am · 4 comments

Contra Costa Behavioral Health Services, a division of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), invites anyone interested in discussing local public mental health services to participate in one of three community forums this fall.

The forums offer the opportunity to meet with service providers to discuss current issues relevant to providing mental health care in the community. These discussions will help inform future use of local Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding.

  • Thursday, October 5: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond
  • Wednesday, October 25: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Vicente Martinez High School, 925 Susana Street in Martinez
  • Thursday, December 7: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street in Brentwood.

Contra Costa County’s current MHSA budget provides $51.6 million to more than 80 mental health programs and services. Forum goals include identifying service needs, priorities and strategies to inform the county’s MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan.

All three forums will include an overview of how MHSA works and how funding is currently used in Contra Costa.

RSVP to attend a forum by emailing – please include “MHSA Forum” in the subject line – or by telephoning 925-957-5150.

Attendees may also mail RSVPs to MHSA, 1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 200, Martinez.

RANDOM TASK September 22, 2017 at 10:22 AM

So these tools are incharge of 51 million and have no idea how or where to spend it. Forum goals include identifying service needs, priorities and strategies to inform the county’s MHSA Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan. My question is what is going on …..all of these programs need to be audited and publicized. Or at least fire these tools who have no idea what they are doing …..your job is to provide service to those in need and to know what those needs are … your telling me that a bus company just sends out busses every day and has no clue where they go or how many people ride or even when people ride …..because I have not heard anything from county connection asking hey who needs a ride and when or how many and where we need to have bus stops and or how big of a bus is needed ……yes when they first started service now their employees actually do work and keep stats and cross those with current event needs and or concerts ….it is so obscure to see a tax funded service that has been taking millions of tax dollars have no clue as to what or how to provide service …. to ask now after years of spending and taking more funds means they have not done the work themselves ….coordinating with police and or even other agencies …..audit and make them accountable …..if this is just a pr process then state that but implying you have no idea what is going on and need input means millions of dollars are being wasted and or used wrong or just being taken …..fix it or lose it stop wasting millions of you have no idea what you are doing …respectfully speaking of course

WC resident September 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM

@random – they have already decide whose pockets will be getting the money. The public meeting announcement is so that they can later claim it was done with public input.

Abbie R. September 22, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Wonderful program…I’m Crazy about it!

Shoulda Coulda September 23, 2017 at 7:19 PM

@ Random Task

I just hope that someday they can find
someone like you with common sense
to help guide the current clueless people
in how to spend our tax dollars!
Keep making sense. I hope its contagious!

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