California's mental health system is a partnership involving shared responsibilities between the state and counties. The system is governed by the Short-Doyle Act, enacted in 1957. The act requires the Department of Mental Health to provide leadership in administering, planning, financing, and overseeing mental health services, including local programs. Mental health services are funded primarily from state funds, with a required county match for certain services.
[PDF] The 1992-93 Budget: Perspectives and IssuesReport Feb 1, 1992
[PDF] The 1991-92 State and Local Program RealignmentReport Sep 1, 1991
[PDF] State Spending Plan for 1991-92: The 1991 Budget Act and Related Legislation