Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Statewide Project

California’s Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Statewide Project is a critical component of California’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, otherwise known as Proposition 63), which provides funding to California and its counties for mental health services and programs. In 2008, the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) approved statewide PEI initiatives, including: suicide prevention, stigma and discrimination reduction, and student mental health. In 2009, California’s counties formed the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) as a Joint Powers Authority to implement the statewide PEI initiatives. With an approved combined funding level of $40 million per year for four years (2011 through 2015), CalMHSA implemented the following initiatives:

Suicide Prevention Initiative: Funded at $10 million per year for 4 years

Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative: Funded at $15 million per year for 4 years

Student Mental Health Initiative: Funded at $15 million per year for 4 years

Funding for the PEI Statewide Project following 2015 is generated through pooled contributions from individual counties.


To date, CalMHSA has implemented two phases of the PEI Statewide Project. Learn more about this project and the programs implemented below:

Phase 1: 2011-2015

Phase II: 2015-2017


"The last great stigma of the twentieth century is the stigma of mental illness."

— Tipper Gore

Artwork by: Gary R. Bustin