Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

California's 2004 Mental Health services act: A policy analysis
by Hernandez, Esdras N., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 84; 1527952
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to analyze Proposition 63 which later became the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) of California. This legislation imposes a 1% increase in taxes for California residents with adjusted gross annual incomes over $1 million. The MHSA provides funding to expand mental health programs and services, including prevention, early intervention, and education and training programs. The analysis intended to explore the benefits and consequences of the tax increase, and how mental health services are impacted under the MHSA. This study scrutinized a historical review of mental health services in the United States, information of political trends on national and state level, mental health reform, and enactment of policies related to mental health. The analysis concluded that the MHSA legislation has potentially increased mental health service programs for people with mental illness and their families. However, the study also found that the state has failed to provide proper guidance to counties for effective program evaluation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Washington, Thomas Alex
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Individual & family studies, Social structure
Keywords: California's 2004 mental health services act, Mental health, Mental health services act, Policies of mental health, Proposition 63
Publication Number: 1527952
ISBN: 9781303984761
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