The California Institute of Integral Studies has been fortunate to receive a grant from the City and County of San Francisco to support the initiatives of the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA Project at CIIS gives students in the Master's in Counseling Psychology programs, the opportunity to increase their knowledge and awareness around the issues that historically marginalized or underrepresented communities face. By offering trainings, workshops, and events that supplement the education Master's in Counseling Psychology students receive in their respective programs, the MHSA Project at CIIS is helping to ensure that our future clinicians will bring valuable skills and knowledge to the many diverse populations of the San Francisco bay area.

Among the MHSA Project's primary functions are- to support, train and recruit students from historically underrepresented populations; and to increase the awareness of all future clinicians of the issues that these populations face. We offer a training series focused on learning about Indigenous perspectives- and the considerations clinicians should understand around psychology and counseling from these perspectives. Other offerings include learning more about specific cultures and populations or issues of concern in society as they relate to marginalized and oppressed populations, and the healing potential that exists for everyone. See the MHSA Events page for our upcoming offerings this semester.

The MHSA Target Populations are:

  • Mental Health consumers and family members demonstrating recovery and resiliency 
  • Cultural, ethnic, and linguistic minorities (POC) 
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited (LGBTQ2S)

Please contact us if you have any questions. We want to support you as you work toward achieving your academic goals. We are here to listen and help you navigate your path here at CIIS.

Rachel Bryant, MHSA Program Director

Sophia Mendoza, MHSA Program Coordinator

Background on the Mental Health Services Act

The passage of Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) in November 2004, provides the first opportunity in many years for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.

This Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million. Statewide, the Act was projected to generate approximately $254 million in fiscal year 2004-05, $683 million in 2005-06 and increasing amounts thereafter. Much of the funding will be provided to county mental health programs to fund programs consistent with their local plans.

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