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Member Research and Reports

Oregon State Finds California’s New Mental Health System Helps People Live Independently

A new analysis by Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences researchers of California’s mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living. In November of 2004, California voters passed the Mental Health Services Act, which allocated more than $3 billion for comprehensive community mental health programs, known as Full Service Partnerships (FSP). While community-based, these programs are different from usual mental health services programs in most states because they provides a more intensive level of care and a broader range of mental health services and supports, such as medication management, crisis intervention, case management, and peer support. It also provides services, such as food, housing, respite care, and treatment for co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse.