Behavioral Health

Our Mission: "Partner with individuals, families and the community for recovery from serious mental health and substance abuse issues and to promote wellness, resiliency and hope."

Behavioral Health provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment.  Services are provided in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley and rural communities. We are here to Help.

Mental Health Services Act


In November of 2004, California voters passed Proposition 63 creating the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Act created an additional one percent tax on any California resident making more than $1 million dollars. The revenue is distributed to counties in order to accomplish an enhanced system of care for mental health services.

The passing of Proposition 63 provided the first opportunity in many years to expand county mental health programs for all populations: children, transition-age youth, adults, older adults, families, and especially, the un-served and under-served. It was also designed to provide a wide range of prevention, early intervention, and treatment services, including the necessary infrastructure, technology, and enhancement of the mental health workforce to effectively support the system. There are five fundamental guiding principles outlined in the MHSA regulations:

  1. Community Collaboration
  2. Cultural Competency
  3. Individual/Family-Driven, Wellness/Recovery/Resiliency-Focused Services
  4. Access to Underserved Communities
  5. Creating an Integrated Service Array

The MHSA requires that each county mental health program shall prepare and submit a three-year plan which shall be updated at least annually and adopted by the county Board of Supervisors. The MHSA Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan is a comprehensive document that summarizes the Community Planning Process, communicates recommendations that will be inclusive of new program requests, deletion of programs, consolidation and/or enhancements of programs, and fiscal changes.

The 30-day public comment period has ended and the 2017-2020 plan is awaiting approval from the Butte County Behavioral Health Board and Board of Supervisors. Please see link below for the finalized plan:

Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan

Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan Appendix


The Butte County Department of Behavioral Health (BCDBH) is pleased to announce the posting of the proposed
Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan.

The intent of the MHSA 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan is to provide the public a plan of action on the
following MHSA components: Community Services and Supports; Prevention and Early Intervention; Innovation; Capital Facilities/Technological Needs, and Workforce and Education Training. In accordance with MHSA regulations, County Behavioral Health Departments are required to submit a program and expenditure plan (program description and budget) and update it on an annual basis, based on the estimates provided by the State and in accordance with established stakeholder engagement and planning requirements.

The 30 Day Public Comment and Review period will begin April 10th, 2017 and end on May 10th, 2017 at 5:00p.m.

To request a hard copy and/or submit public comment you can:

  • Email request and/or comments to
  • Hand deliver written request and/or comments to Behavioral Health’s Administration Office in Chico at
    3217 Cohasset Road, Chico CA 95973.
  • Send the comments through the postal service to the address listed above.
  • Take the MHSA Community Feedback Survey.

Butte County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Program and Expenditure Plan

For More Information:

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health
Mental Health Services Act
3217 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95973
Phone 530.891.2850
Fax 530.895.6549

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