Innovation Programs

MHSA Innovation (INN) Program Overview:
The Innovation component of MHSA provides funding for projects not to exceed 5 years that do one or more of the following:

  1. Introduce a mental health practice or approach that is new to the overall mental health system, including , but not limited to, prevention and early intervention.
  2. Make a change to an existing practice in the field of mental health, including but not limited to, application to a different population.
  3. Apply to the mental health system a promising community-driven practice or approach that has been successful in non-mental health contexts or settings.

Mental health practices or approaches that have already demonstrated effectiveness are only eligible with an adaptation and rationale for the adaptation.

Primary Purpose of an Innovation project shall be one of the following:

  1. Increase access to mental health services to underserved groups.
  2. Increase the quality of mental health services
  3. Promote interagency and community collaboration related to mental health services and supports or outcomes.
  4. Increase access to mental health services.

The Department’s first Innovation project focused on integrated care models, including 2 peer run service approaches (see attachments).  See link for information on the Department’s second Innovation project on community capacity building to prevent or reduce the impact of trauma.

To propose a new Innovation program, click the following link:  Innovation Program Proposal

Innovation Project Quick Guide


Innovation 2 Summary

Innovation 1 Outcomes Summary

INN 1 Peer Run Model

Innovation Brochure

Innovation Outcome Measures Manual

Innovation 1 Learning Collaborative: Learning Briefs (Session 1-10)

ISM Culturally Responsive Treatment Study

Innovation 1 Annual Report


To access the complete INN Plan, click the link below:

For further questions, please contact: Debbie Innes-Gomberg, Ph.D., Deputy Director at or (213) 738-2868.