ADVANCING CLIENT AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THROUGHSUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
ACCESS California is a statewide consumer-led public mental health advocacy program of Cal Voices. ACCESS is funded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA/Prop. 63). Founded in 1946, Cal Voices is the oldest continuously operating peer-run consumer advocacy agency in California.
ACCESS California is a statewide consumer-led public mental health advocacy program of Cal Voices a continuation of NorCal MHA. ACCESS is funded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA/Prop. 63). Recognizing the statewide client advocacy voice had waned since the passage of the MHSA in 2004, NorCal MHA conceived the ACCESS program in 2016 to elevate and empower the client voice throughout California. In 2017, the MHSOAC formally funded the ACCESS California program specifically to accomplish these goals.
ACCESS California's mission is to strengthen and expand local and statewide client stakeholder advocacy in California's Public Mental Health System through individual and community empowerment. Through our ongoing research, data collection and evaluation, legislative and policy analysis, advocacy, education, training, outreach, and engagement activities, ACCESS implements strategies to elevate the voices, identify the needs, and increase genuine public participation of client stakeholders to drive truly transformative change in the Public Mental Health System.
ACCESS California envisions a Public Mental Health System in which programming priorities and funding decisions are developed and continue to evolve through an ongoing collaboration between agency leaders, clients receiving services, and other community stakeholders. Such collaboration is rooted in respect, mutuality, shared power, and the unwavering conviction that all clients can and will recover with the appropriate resources and supports. Services are truly recovery oriented and client-driven, and providers and system leadership elevate clients' interests above their own.