The Community Program Planning Process


  Who’s Included in the Stakeholder Process?

Who’s Included in the Stakeholder Process?

  •  The Community Program Planning (CPP) process is a requirement of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to involve the public in the stakeholder process. Counties are required to involve the public in the formation of 3-year program plans and annual updates. Groups involved in the CPP process include consumers, law enforcement, personal advocacy groups, and health agencies. While there are shared requirements for CPP, it is important to keep in mind that the review process can look slightly different from one county to another.

  5 Components Required by MHSA to have 3-Year Program Plans

5 Components Required by MHSA to have 3-Year Program Plans

  • The first step to creating a 3-year plan is to solicit feedback from stakeholders on what to include in the initial draft of the plan. This is done by the county mental/behavioral health department who hold meetings, forums, and engage using digital outreach.

  • Using the received feedback, the county mental health department drafts the initial plan. Once the plan is drafted, it must be published and circulated for 30 days. The plan is made available as a paper draft in various locations and online. During this time, stakeholders are able to comment on the initial plan.


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  • Once the 30-day period is done, the local mental health board conducts a public hearing on the proposed plan and allows for public comment, testimony, and presentation.

  • After a hearing and review by the mental health board, the board then votes on presenting the plan for adoption by the county board of supervisors.

  • When the mental health board votes to approve the plan, the plan is sent to the county Board of Supervisors for approval.


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  • Upon receipt of the plan, the Board of Supervisors reviews the plan and votes on whether to adopt it. The Board of Supervisors meetings are open to the public, and allow time for public comment.

  • Any significant recommended change to the plan, offered by the Board of Supervisors, requires a re-engagement of the stakeholder process.

  • Once all these steps are completed, and the board of supervisors adopts the plan, it can it be submitted to Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the Department of Health Care Services for final approval.


additional resources Timeline of the community program planning process