How will it Effect Mental Health Services?
Last week Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s $96.3 billion state budget with minimal changes to the version passed by California legislature on June 15th. Reviews of the budget abound but here are our top three recommended sources for information on the effects it will have on mental health services in California:
- The California Mental Health Directors Association’s (CMHDA) Budget Memo
- Someday Morning by Carroll Schroeder, Executive Director of The California Alliance of Child and Family Services
- Budget Action Bulletin by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) (See: Senate Bill 82 – Mental Health Wellness Act excerpt below)
Mental Health Wellness Act
SB 82, the Mental Health trailer bill, is the vehicle for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg’s Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 (Act). Pro Tem Steinberg has indicated that the Act was developed to support mobile crisis support teams, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization services, crisis residential treatment, and personnel resources.
The measure includes a one-time General Fund investment of $142 million to be distributed by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) as competitive grants to increase capital capacity and program expansion for mental health services. Counties may apply for the grants and may also do so jointly, as well as nonprofit organizations and public agencies where the county affirmatively supports the collaboration.
SB 82 also includes ongoing funding of $54 million – $32 million from Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) administrative funds and $22 million in federal funds – for triage personnel. This funding would be allocated by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and would be gathered by increasing the state administrative fund percentage from the current 3.5 percent to five percent, as allowed by Proposition 63.