Governor Gavin Newsom is promoting a $6 billion measure to tackle the growing homelessness and mental health crisis in California.
Proposition 1 will include modernizing the Mental Health Services Act and Assembly Bill 531, along with a $6.38 billion bond to build new mental health housing and substance abuse treatment centers across California.
The proposition would allocate money to hiring more mental health professionals and provide funding to build more than 11,150 new behavioral health beds and housing and 26,700 outpatient treatment slots, filling “critical needs across the state for homeless Californians with severe behavioral health issues, to kids suffering from depression, and everyone in between.”
“When you see people in the street covered in urine or feces and they’re dirty and pacing or talking or screaming at each other, at anybody, at a wall — we’re so immune to it,” Rice said. “What you’re witnessing is human pain and suffering. These are human beings. We have to stop stepping over, stepping around and avoiding this problem.”
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