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All Innovation projects must include a Community Program Planning process that involves gathering potential project ideas from community members. This website allowed community members to submit a project idea for review and consideration by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The site includes a Community Forum, where all project idea submissions have been posted for community feedback. This provides a history of idea submissions and allows input to further develop a potential idea that will meet the Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Innovation criteria.

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What is the purpose of Innovation?

The purpose of an Innovation project is to evaluate the effectiveness of new and/or changed approaches and practices in mental health. Projects are time-limited and funded for a maximum of five years, after which an alternative source of funding must be identified to continue the project. Innovation projects must serve one or more of the following purposes:

  • Increase access to mental health services to underserved groups
  • Increase the quality of mental health services, including measurable outcomes
  • Promote interagency and community collaboration related to mental health services or supports or outcomes
  • Increase access to mental health services

What makes a project innovative?

Innovation projects are pilot projects that focus on evaluation and learning, rather than a primary focus on mental health service delivery. By providing the opportunity to “try out” changed or new approaches that can inform current and future practices, Innovation projects contribute to learning in one or more of the following ways:

  • 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
  • Make a change to an existing practice in the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, application to a different population
  • Apply to the mental health system a promising community-driven practice or approach that has been successful in non-mental health contexts or settings

For more details about Innovation project requirements, please follow the link to the Innovation Regulations.
Explore current and past projects: Orange County Innovation Projects.

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I submitted an idea. Now what happens?
The idea will be reviewed and posted within 3 business days on the Community Forum page. Any personal information from the idea form will be removed before posting. Please note, automatic notifications will not be sent out, therefore check the status of submissions regularly.
The Community Forum will allow community members to provide input or feedback. In addition, the Innovation team will post questions or comments regarding the idea submitted within 10 business days from the date the idea was posted on the Community Forum.
Project ideas will be available for community feedback for 60 calendar days.