It is plain why someone should support this petition. Conditions in public mental health are inhumane, unethical, and punitive for people with serious mental illnesses, use of state tax dollars generated by MHSA/Prop 63 is corrupted by special interests, and the voters have been betrayed by state negligence and mismanagement. At least 700,000 Californians in the public system are denied appropriate, ethical treatment and recovery services essential to independence; at least 300,000 others are denied access altogether. California leaders are wasting money and costing lives. Expose the waste, Establish Accountability, Cancel the contracts, Fund the services. The Governor and State Auditor need to do their job to ensure that state tax dollars generated by Prop 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), comply with provisions of the law and are consistent with voter intent.
This revenue must be managed responsibly to increase services and improve the quality of treatment for serious mental illnesses in the community systems of care, and integrate new prevention programs for people with serious mental illnesses to reduce severity of illness and disability. An audit needs to identify and correct waste of revenue intended for treatment, which is diverted for programs and contracts unrelated to serious mental illnesses, and for grants awarded to special interests that do not contribute to improved treatment and recovery for people with serious mental illnesses. Identify and eliminate the widespread conflicts of interest, a prime source of tainted funding and policy decisions.