April 2015 Blog – We Need Statewide Transparent and Consistent County Behavioral Health Budgets For Stakeholders

We Need Statewide Transparent and
Consistent County Behavioral Health
Budgets For Stakeholders

In light of state reports of 30% revenue increases
over two years

At the end of February fiscal consultant Mike Geiss did his annual report to the Financial Oversight Committee of the state Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. That report  showed that over the two year period reflecting the 2014-15 and 2015-16 years the revenues projected to be available to CCCMHA_63_logocounties for behavioral health services increased by 30% – more than $1.5 Billion from what was available in 2013-14. About half of the growth comes from Proposition 63 (Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) funds for which charts show amounts by quarter by county.   About 1/3 is from increased federal funds as a result of the Affordable Care Act which is due to increased enrollment in MediCal and the fact that most new enrollees are adults whose coverage is completely paid with federal funds. The rest is from realignment and mostly from 2011 realignment with the state not yet having decided how to allocate the growth among counties. Continue reading April 2015 Blog – We Need Statewide Transparent and Consistent County Behavioral Health Budgets For Stakeholders