Editorial: Sacramento Should Scrap Mental Health Cuts
Sacramento County officials' plan to "wring about $9 million in savings from the Department of Behavioral Health Services should be a non-starter," particularly after the chief counsel for the state Department of Mental Health warned that the plan is illegal and could harm people with mental illnesses, a Sacramento Bee editorial says. The plan would end the county's ties with four not-for-profit groups caring for people with severe mental illnesses and instead expand an adult day care program and create four new wellness centers staffed with county employees. The editorial says that if the plan is not overhauled by June 15, when the Board of Supervisors is set to consider recommendations, "supervisors should send officials back to the drawing board."
- "Editorial: County Must Rethink Cuts to Mental Health" (Sacramento Bee, 6/4).