New Mental Health Progams In The Works

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 16, 2006

The funds would come from Proposition 63 – the so-called “tax on millionaires.” Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors will review the proposal that local mental health officials plan to submit to the state.

State voters approved Prop 63 in 2004. The initiative raised the state's personal income tax by 1% on annual incomes that exceed $1 million to fund mental health services. It’s one of the largest boosts ever to California’s mental health services.

"This is really big."

Ann Edwards-Buckley is the county’s chief of adult mental health services.

"An absolutely tremendous community planning effort has gone into the development of these 6 programs that we’re recommending for funding."

She says among the new services they’re proposing are a trans-cultural wellness center for the Asian-Pacific Islander community and a psychiatric emergency response team pairing law enforcement with mental health clinicians to respond to crisis in the community. 

"They’re brand new programming and significantly more individuals will likely be served."

The county’s plan will be submitted to the State Department of Mental Health for approval. If all goes well, state funding could arrive as soon as April.