Budget Action Alert for Mental Health

Your help is needed!

The State Legislature is considering whether to put the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) before voters to divert funding away from effective community mental health services in order to help address the state’s budget deficit in 2010–11.

As you recall from last year, 65% of California voters already rejected Proposition 1E, which would have redirected $226 million away from the Mental Health Services Act. This year, the Governor proposes to redirect twice that amount ($452 million) for two years, and to put another initiative in front of voters in the June statewide election. Additionally, if California doesn’t receive nearly $7 billion in new federal funds, the Governor proposes to divert another $847 million away from the Mental Health Services Act.

This decision will be made by the Legislature during the next few weeks. We urge mental health consumers, families, service providers, poverty and civil rights advocates, law enforcement, educators, business leaders, and private citizens to tell the Legislature you oppose this proposal.

If this proposal is adopted, the progress MHSA is making at reducing costly hospitalizations, incarceration, homelessness, school failure, and out-of-home placements will end.

How You Can Help:

  • Write a letter to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees, as well as to the Assembly Members and Senators who represent your community.
  • Testify in person on February 11, 2010 at the State Capitol, when the Assembly Budget Committee will be taking public comment on this proposal.
    • The Assembly Budget Committee will have a discussion and take public comment on Thursday, February 11 at their hearing, which will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Room 4202 of the State Capitol building in Sacramento.
    • Just as a large number of letters on an issue matters to elected officials, large crowds in the Capitol building are important and symbolic: The number of people who make public comment will visually represent to Legislators the importance of an issue.
  • Visit the Assembly Members and Senators who represent you and your community to make your points in person.
  • Send this page to your colleagues, encouraging them to take action.

Letters should be written immediately. The Senate Budget Committee has already discussed the proposal, but has not yet voted. The Assembly Budget Committee will discuss this proposal on February 11, 2010.

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