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Capital Facilities and Information Technology

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

Note: Contra Costa Mental Health has spent the past 3 years engaged in a strategic planning process to update its 20+ year old Information Technology (IT) system. This has included a community stakeholder process, development of specifications for a new system and release of an RFP to solicit vendors. As of October, 2008, the process has produced 2 potential vendors. Work on the project is expected to start in 2009. Funds for this project are being requested through the Capital Facilities and Technological Needs Component Proposal.

The MHSA specifies that planning for all components are to be developed within communities through a process that is inclusive and representative. Planning is being undertaken by the Consolidated Planning Advisory Workgroup (CPAW) through its Capital Facilities and Technology Needs Committee (subcommittee of CPAW).

Capital Facilities and Technological Needs Component Proposal

Extensive data about new facility needs was collected from Community Stakeholders during the Community Supports and Services (CSS) and Prevention/Early Intervention (PEI) planning processes. That input resulted in the posting of the Capital Facilities and Technological Needs Component Proposal during December 2008 and January 2009. Subsequent to the 30-day community public comment period, a Public Hearing was held by the Mental Health Commission on January 22, 2009. The component proposal was submitted to State DMH, and received approval. The Capital Facilities Project Proposal and the Technological Needs Project Proposal are being developed.


A "capital facility" is a building secured to a foundation which is permanently affixed to the ground that is used for the delivery of MHSA services to mental health clients and their families or for administrative offices. (State Department of Mental Health)

The planned use of the Capital Facilities and Technological Needs funds should produce long-term impacts with lasting benefits that move the mental health system towards the goals of wellness, recovery, resiliency, cultural competence, prevention/early intervention, and expansion of opportunities for accessible community-based services for clients and their families which promote reduction in disparities to underserved groups. These efforts include development of a variety of technology uses and strategies and/or of community-based facilities which support integrated service experiences that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Funds may also be used to support an increase in peer-support and consumer-run facilities, development of community-based, less restrictive settings that will reduce the need for incarceration or institutionalization, and the development of a technological infrastructure for the mental health system to facilitate the highest quality, cost-effective services and supports for clients and their families.

For more information: California Department of Mental Health.