Mental Health Service Act:
Year $10 Billion Bait and Switch
investigation by Mental Illness Policy Org and Individual Californians
- $1-2 Billion of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Funds was intentionally diverted to social service programs masquerading as mental illness programs or falsely claim they prevent serious mental illness.
- ·$2.5 billion of the “Full Service Partnership (FSP) funds were spent without oversight of whether the recipients had schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or the other serious mental illnesses that made them eligible for MHSA funds.
- $23 million went to organizations directly associated with Oversight Commissioners.
- $11 million is going to PR firms that make the Oversight Commissioners look good and hide the failure of MHSA to accomplish its mission
- $9 million is going to organizations working prevent the seriously ill from receiving treatment until after they become violent.
- ·Up to $32 million was diverted to TV shows, radio shows, PSAs and other initiatives designed to reach the public without mental illness. Some feature the Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
- County Behavioral Health Directors chaired meetings that allowed “stakeholder input” to trump the legislative language and voter intent to spend the funds on those with serious mental illness.
- No attempt is made to ensure programs receiving MHSA funds serve people with serious mental illness.
- MHSA funds are being lavished on studies, reports, and consultants that generate jobs for those who get the contracts, but not services for people with serious mental illness.
- Millions were diverted to programs intended to ‘improve the wellness’ of all Californians, rather than provide treatment to Californians with serious mental illnesses.
- Funds failed to expand the capacity of proven existing programs as the legislation required.
- The most important programs to help the most seriously ill (like Laura’s Law) are going unfunded.
- The Oversight Commission evaluated counties based on what they said they were going to do rather than on what they did.
- A series of amendments and related legislation introduced by legislators made it less likely MHSA funds will ever reach people with serious mental illness.
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