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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)


Capital Facilities and Information Technology (CF/IT)

To modernize information systems, provide access to health records and renovate facilities.

Capital Facilities

The original MHSA Capital Facility Program and Expenditure Plan included projects to renovate three buildings – Silver Avenue Health Center, Redwood Center and Sunset Mental Health. Subsequent proposals were approved to support renovation projects at Southeast Health Center and 220 Golden Gate. Silver Avenue Family Health Center (SAFHC) was the first capital project to be completed, facilitating the co-location of mental health professionals in primary healthcare settings by adding six new private counseling rooms, a large group room, waiting and reception area, and administrative space.

Silver Avenue Health Center: (completed March 2010) renovations resulting in five new counseling offices, a large group room, separate behavioral health reception area, and locked medical records room.

Sunset Mental Health Clinic: renovations allowing for improved access; structural upgrades.

Southeast Health Center: renovation resulting in a new Southeast Health Campus providing integrated services, co-location of Five DPH programs: Child Crisis, Foster Care Mental Health; Family Mosaic Project; Children’s System of Care; and the Health and Environment Resource Center (HERC).

Central YMCA: renovation of the ground floor of a low-income housing project to accommodate the Integrated Housing and Homeless Clinic (IHHC).  IHHC will provide integrated physical, mental, and substance abuse services.

Information Technology

The approved MHSA IT Program and Expenditure Plan includes projects to 1) add Consumer Connect, a consumer portal to Avatar and the CBHS Electronic Health Record (EHR), and 2) Vocational IT Projects to fully support the implementation and maintenance of consumer access to the EHR.

Consumer Connect: is a consumer portal within AVATAR, CBHS’s clinical and financial information system, which will enable mental health clients to view their electronic health records. The secure system will have translation capability and appointment scheduling features.

Vocational IT :program with three components: 1) Desktop and Help Desk Project, a single point of contact for end users to receive support and maintenance within CBHS computing environment and providing the front line of support are (Consumer) Technician Assistants who are receiving paid, part-time work experience and on-the-job training.