Todd Franke, UCLA associate professor of social welfare, has been awarded a $1 million contract to research and evaluate the effectiveness of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Initially established in 2004 through a voter initiative, the MHSA was crafted to support a system-wide change in the public community mental health system of California. The act supports innovative mental health care for Californians of all ages with models that are culturally and linguistically competent and promote the importance of hope, personal empowerment, respect, social connections, self-responsibility, self-determination and early intervention to help individuals recover from mental health crises and to manage their illnesses.
With the MHSA now more than 6 years old, the evaluation aims to examine its effectiveness by documenting activities and costs for all components of the Act, determine the impact of the MHSA on clients with mental illness/emotional disturbance andtheir families, and measure impact of the MHSA on California’s public community mental health system.
Franke, who will be conducting the research as part of his role as Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, was awarded the contract by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.