Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Change Is Going to Come: A Policy Analysis of the Mental Health Services Act of 2004
by Groenow, Chanique C., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 53; 10785630
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to analyze Proposition 63, which later became the Mental Health Serviced Act (MHSA) of 2004. This legislation imposed a 1% increase in taxes for California residents with adjusted gross annual income over $1 million. MHSA provided funding to expand the mental health programs and services including prevention, early intervention, education and training programs. The analysis intended to explore the benefits and consequences of the tax increase, and how mental health services were impacted under MHSA. This study scrutinized a historical review of mental health services in the United States, in the first years of the 20th Century, Deinstitutionalization, and enactment of policies related to mental health. Using David Gil's 1992 modified policy analysis framework, the analysis concluded that the MHSA legislation has potentially increased mental health services for individuals with mental illness and their families. However, this study also found that the lawmakers failed to provide proper guidance for effective program evaluation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth M.
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Deinstitutionalization, Mental Health Services Act of 2004, Mental illness, Policy analysis, Proposition 63
Publication Number: 10785630
ISBN: 9780438196377
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