Riverside County Hearing Addresses Proposed Spending Plan for Proposition 63 Funds
Riverside County officials on Thursday heard public comments on proposals to spend Proposition 63 funds, including expanding residential services for people with mental illnesses, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. State voters approved Proposition 63 in November 2004 to provide funds for mental health services.
Under the county proposal, funds would be used to:
- Expand the county mental health court to divert more people to treatment, rather than prison;
- Expand youth services for those in the juvenile hall or the juvenile court systems;
- Create a mobile outreach team to provide assessments and services to older mentally ill patients; and
- Expand outpatient services for children.
The proposal also would use $4.9 million for crisis residential care and to expand board and care homes for county residents with mental illnesses.
The county hopes to implement the plan in April (Beeman, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 12/15). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.