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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.

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."

Mental Health Services Act

Introduction to MHSA

This video serves to provide the viewer with a basic introduction to the Mental Health Services Act, also known as MHSA. The viewers will learn about how the Act came to be, it's guiding principles, it's funding characteristics and how Butte County implements the Act on a local level.

Presentación del condado de Butte. Esta presentación sirve para brindarle al espectador una introducción básica a la Ley de Servicios de Salud Mental, también conocida como MHSA. Aprenderá como surgió la Ley, los principios, sus características de financiamiento y como el Condado de Butte implementa la Ley a nivel local.

Program and Expenditure Plan: Annual Update 2021-2022

2021-2022 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Annual Update

2021-2022 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Plan Appendix

Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan: 2020-2023

2020-2023 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Three Year Plan

2020-2023 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Plan Appendix

Program and Expenditure Plan: Annual Update 2019-2020

Revised 2019-2020 Butte County MHSA Annual Update- A detailed description of the revised changes can be found on page 21.

2019-2020 Butte County MHSA Annual Update

2019-2020 Butte County MHSA Annual Update Appendix

Program and Expenditure Plan: Annual Update 2018-2019

2018-2019 Butte County MHSA Annual Update

2018-2019 Butte County MHSA Annual Update Appendix

Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan 2017-2020

2017-2020 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Plan

2017-2020 Butte County MHSA Program and Expenditure Plan Appendix

Annual MHSA Revenue and Expenditure Reports

Counties are required to report every year on the MHSA revenues they receive, the expenditures they make on MHSA programs (including other funding sources, such as Medi-Cal Federal Financial Participation, Realignment funds, and other funding sources), and the end-of-year MHSA funds left over. See: California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 9, Section 3510.

2018-2019 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)
2016-2017 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)
2015-2016 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)
2014-2015 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)
2013-2014 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)
2012-2013 Revenue and Expenditure Report (RER)


The Innovation (INN) component provides California the opportunity to develop and test new, unproven mental health models with the potential to become tomorrow’s best practices. The MHSOAC controls funding approval for the INN component of the MHSA.

The primary purpose of Innovation Projects is to achieve one of the following:

  • Increase access to mental health services to underserved groups, including permanent supportive housing.
  • Increase the quality of mental health services, including measurable outcomes.
  • Promote interagency and community collaboration related to mental health services or supports or outcomes.
  • Increase access to mental health services, including permanent supportive housing.

Butte County Innovation Project Applications:

Reversion Plan

Per AB114, every county must develop a plan to spend its reallocated funds and post it to the county’s website. The county must submit a link to the plan to DHCS (Department of Health Care Services) by July 1, 2018. Each county’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) must adopt a final plan within 90 days of the county posting the plan to the county’s website. Each county must submit its final plan to DHCS and the MHSOAC (Mental health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission) within 30 days of adoption by the county’s BOS. A county may not spend funds that are deemed reverted and reallocated to the county until the county’s BOS has adopted a plan to spend those funds.

Butte County MHSA Reversion Plan

This plan was available for 30-day public review and comment from May 15th, 2018 to June 14th, 2018.

About MHSA

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:

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 intent of the MHSA Three Year Plan and Annual Updates is to provide a public plan of action on the following MHSA funding components:

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.

Community Input

Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 5848(a), the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) requires an inclusive and on-going Community Input Process. Counties shall demonstrate a partnership with constituents and stakeholders throughout the process that includes meaningful stakeholder involvement on mental health policy, program planning, and implementation, monitoring, quality improvement, evaluation, and budget allocations.

This important process is accomplished in multiple ways:

Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee

The MHSA Steering Committee explores opportunities to support the inclusion of the community voice and vision into Butte County’s projects that are funded through the MHSA. This Committee will provide insight and have meaningful involvement in infusing the MHSA guiding principles into all aspects of project development and program oversight. The community informed the design and implementation of this Committee: Steering Committee Community Feedback Results

Butte County Behavioral Health is seeking stakeholders from agencies, community members, and consumers/family members to be a part of the MHSA Steering Committee.

MHSA Steering Committee Application
MHSA Steering Committee Application (Print Version)

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If you would like to provide comments, community or stakeholder input on the MHSA, or have any questions, please contact:

Holli Drobny
Mental Health Services Act Coordinator
3217 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95973
Phone 530.891.2850
Fax 530.895.6549
Email MHSA@buttecounty.net



 Support Lines

Behavioral Health Crisis Lines
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
800.334.6622, or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800.273.TALK (8255)
Chat online at

Crisis Text Line
Text LISTEN to ‘741741’

Veterans Crisis Line
800.273.8255 (press 1)  

Friendship Line (older adults)

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)

North Valley Talk Line
11:30am to 9:30pm / 7 days a week

 Locations & Hours

Butte County Behavioral Health Administration
3217 Cohasset Rd
Chico, CA 95973
Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

 Get Started

Call the Behavioral Health Access Line at 530.891.2810 to get started.

During the phone conversation we will ask whether your needs are urgent and what type of help you are looking for.

See the three steps for getting started.