Policy Platform: 5.7 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

5.7 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

 (5.7.1) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)

 (5.7.2) MHSA-funded early diagnosis and treatment for severe mental illness, including first psychotic episode.

(5.7.3) NAMI California believes that all persons should have the opportunity for rapid diagnosis and treatment if they develop a severe mental illness. They should also be treated with dignity and respect during the period of time needed for diagnosis and treatment.

(5.7.4) Therefore, NAMI California urges all county mental health departments in California to start a program(s) with PEI funds to identify individuals who are developing early signs and symptoms of a severe mental illness or have their first full blown psychotic episode and immediately start treatment that is defined by the county’s community support and services full services partnership. There should be a definite plan for transferring these individuals from the PEI program to the CSS full partnership program, so that these individuals do not lose services or be lost from the county services during the transfer. These programs should cover the age span of the county’s population, including children, transitional-aged youth, adults and older adults.

(5.7.5) NAMI California supports all local Affiliates’ quests in obtaining MHSA PEI funds from their county mental health departments to enact programs for early diagnosis and treatment for symptoms and signs of mental illness including the first psychotic episode.