Proposition 1 Would Utilize a $6.38 Billion Bond in Existing State Funds
Santa Monica City Council voted in a recent meeting to support a ballot initiative, set for the California primary ballot in March of next year, that would distribute billions in assistance for Californians suffering from homelessness and addiction.
Proposition 1 would utilize a $6.38 billion bond in existing state funds to provide over 11,150 new behavioral health beds and 26,700 outpatient treatment slots, set aside $1 billion for veterans and bolster treatment services for Californians experiencing behavioral health struggles.
The news comes a little over a month after Gov. Gavin Newson signed Senate Bill 326, which would modernize the Mental Health Services Act, and Assembly Bill 531, which includes the $6.38 Billion bond.
“These reforms, and this new investment in behavioral health housing, will help California make good on promises made decades ago. We see the signs of our broken system every day – too many Californians suffering from mental health needs or substance use disorders and unable to get support or care they need. This will prioritize getting people off the streets, out of tents and into treatment.” said Gov. Newsom in a prepared statement.
For more information, go to https://www.gov.ca.gov/2023/10/12/governor-newsom-puts-historic-mental-health-transformation-on-march-2024-ballot/.