Innovative programs are novel, creative and / or ingenious mental health practices/approaches that contribute to learning, and that are developed within communities through a process that is inclusive and representative, especially of the unserved, underserved and inappropriately served individuals. Innovative programs have the purpose to:
Increase access to underserved groups
Increase the quality of services, including better outcomes
Promote inter-agency collaboration
Increase access to services
Funds for Innovative programs are received each year. We are to use five percent of the total funding we receive for Innovative programs. Each year Nevada County prepares and submits a three-year plan by the Board of Supervisors. Innovative programs have to be a part of this plan and/or the Annual Update of the Three-Year Plan. Our Innovation Plan and updates are developed with local stakeholders.
A draft of the plan and update are prepared and circulated for review and comment for at least 30 days to representatives of stakeholder interests and any interested party who requests a copy of the plans. At the close of the 30 day comment period a public hearing on the draft plan and or annual update is conducted at our Mental Health Board meeting.