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Valued Community Stakeholders,

As you know, the Department of Behavioral Health began our 2020-2023 MHSA Community Planning Process to develop a new MHSA Three Year plan in October 2019. While we had hoped to complete this process by April 2020, recent developments concerning COVID-19 (social distancing, elimination of public gatherings, shelter in place, and the emergency response required of our teams to support local emergency efforts) require that we postpone work on the MHSA plan until further notice. As a result, our Community Planning Process, including all community forums, is suspended.

Be assured that our team values your input and participation. When conditions allow, we will resume our Community Planning Process in earnest. Please continue to check back for more information on our upcoming Report-Back Forums. If you have any questions, you may reach out to us Stay healthy, and we will see you all soon.






Fresno County DBH is pleased to present three Innovation Plans for public comment. If approved by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), these three learning projects will allow DBH to measure the effects of innovative approaches to care in our community.  The public comment period will be open from 3/2/2020 through 8am on 4/1/2020. We welcome comments on the project design, target populations, and overall innovation concerns. Please note: these plans are still in draft form, and may contain grammatical errors which will be corrected during subsequent review; please do not submit grammatical corrections at the time.


Fresno County DBH welcomes our community to submit comments and questions to You may also provide comments in person at our upcoming public hearings (dates to be announced) which will occur after the public comment period has closed. Information on the public hearings will be posted on this webpage shortly, so please check back.

These three plans are part of the 2017-2020 MHSA Three Year Plan, and also the county’s AB 114 Plan.

Innovation Plans

RideWell Innovation Plan

Handle With Care Plus+ Innovation Plan

The Lodge Innovation Plan


Innovation Plan Public Comment Period-March 2, 2020 to April 2, 2020
Public Hearing (Virtual- YouTube Live) April 3, 2020 at 12pm-1:30pm

Hearing Place- YouTube Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health


Innovation Comment Cards

When you open the comment card file, you will see an empty space next to “Innovation Plan” at the top right corner of the card. Please specify which plan you are leaving comments for.

Comment Card English  Comment Card Spanish Comment Card Hmong 

Please email all comments to or mail to the MHSA Coordinator at the address below:

Department of Behavioral Health  1925 E. Dakota Ave. Fresno CA 93726

MHSA Components 



Community Support Services (CSS)

  • Provide mental health services
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Encourage wellness and resiliency


    Prevention & Early Intervention

    • Support education and prevention
    • Provide early therapeutic services
    • Evidence-based and effective



    • Create learning opportunities
    • Test new practices
    • Change existing approaches

    Workforce Education Training

    • Educate and train new providers
    • Develop staff skills
    • Create community career pathways

      Capital Facilities & Technology Needs

    • Keep the system up-to-date
    • Purchase buildings for services
    • Update technology





    Link to the 2018-19 MHSA Plan Annual Update and PEI Annual Report FINAL


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