A portion of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds have been set aside for Capital Facilities and Technology (CFT) to support the efficient implementation of the MHSA. CFT projects shall produce lasting benefits that move the mental health system towards the goals of wellness, recovery, resiliency, cultural competence, prevention and early intervention, and expansion of opportunities for accessible community-based services for clients and their families to reduce disparities among underserved groups.
ACBHCS seeks to use the CFT allocation ($16.2 million) as follows:
The Capital Facilities allocation of $8.1 million will fund the acquisition, construction and/or rehabilitation of at least three large facilities in different regions of the County. These funds will be used to establish an estimated 20-30,000 square feet of additional service space for MHSA programs. Any funds remaining after the completion of these three projects will be utilized for small expansion or remodeling projects at existing county-owned or controlled facilities. These small projects may only be used to improve service space for MHSA programs and activities.
The Technology allocation of $8.1 million will fund the purchase, installation and maintenance of a new behavioral health information system, to include: electronic health record, personal health record, e-prescribing functions, data interoperability, the necessary support staff for implementation, and other projects that provide access and supports to consumers and family members in accessing their personal health record and other wellness and recovery supports.
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CFT Plan Requirements
A “Capital Facility” is a building secured to a foundation which is permanently affixed to the ground and used for the delivery of MHSA services to individuals with mental illness and their families or for offices that support the administration of these services. Capital Facility expenditures must result in:
- A capital asset which increases the County Department of Mental Health’s infrastructure on a permanent basis; and
- An expansion of the capacity of, or of consumer and family member access to, new or existing MHSA services.
Technology Funding Requirements
The Technological Needs Project(s) must meet the goals of modernization/ transformation or client/ family empowerment within a framework of an Integrated Information Systems Infrastructure.