These stories highlight some of the ways Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) funding is improving the quality of life for Alameda County residents who live with a mental illness. Individuals with mental health challenges may struggle with poverty and employment. Here you will find stories of success in helping them obtain and keep jobs. The result: individuals are contributing members of society and feel useful, competent and proud. In addition, one story describes county efforts to build and expand the public behavioral health workforce. Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) funds the programs described here with MHSA money. The Mental Health Services Act monies are collected from a 1 percent tax placed on Californians with a personal income above $1 million.