Opinion: Calif. Treasure Says Mental Health Act Will Benefit Communities, Hospitals and Prisons
In a Contra Costa Times opinion piece, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer (D) writes, "The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act -- sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D) and enacted this year by the Legislature and governor -- reflects a commitment" to the principle that health care providers should "treat the mind with no less care than the body." He continues that the act "funds a wide range of community-based mental health care for Californians in crisis." Lockyer adds, "Making that investment will benefit patients and families, reduce unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms, make our communities safer and help ease the strain on overcrowded jails and prisons."
- "Bill Lockyer: New Program Makes Critical 'Investment in Mental Health Wellness'" (Lockyer, Contra Costa Times, 10/12).