California’s mental health system leaves some people on the streets. What Newsom wants to change
As excerpted from the Sacramento Bee.
“We’re talking about a world that no longer exists,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday as he proposed one of the most significant overhauls to California mental health care in the last 50 years.
State Sen. Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, called the governor’s proposal “bold and much-needed.”
“We have also heard the calls to fix our broken behavioral health system and we must continue to focus on it. Should this proposal be implemented, the current system will still be there to receive folks who may not meet CARE Court criteria or fall out of the system,” Eggman said in a statement. The senator said she is working on a number of bills to improve the behavioral health system, including refocusing the Mental Health Services Act, a funding mechanism, on achieving treatment outcomes rather than just meeting funding formula requirements. She also is looking at modernizing the conservatorship process.