Enforce California's Mental Health Services Act

Enforce California's Mental Health Services Act

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Sebastian Tamayo started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

My name is Sebastian Tamayo. I am a Senior at Environmental Charter High School working on a civic action. One in six people in California experiences a mental illness, while one in twenty-four people in California faces mental illnesses that cause damage in the function of their daily life. California’s Mental Health Services Act needs improvement, as millions of dollars rest in counties’ accounts. If California were to use the funds efficiently, this may provide more treatment services available, an increase in staff and more resources accessible for those in need.

If you or a loved one has experienced Mental Health conditions, then this does affect you. As you should know, an untreated mental illness can cause damage to the way people function. This matters especially for those who are unable to receive treatment. Twenty-two percent of children and thirty-five percent of adults in California did not access treatment to their advantage in 2015. A huge factor preventing them from seeking treatment although they have access to it is stigma. Again, if California uses their budget wisely, programs could created to help destigmatize mental health and accessing treatment.

I am hoping that you sign my petition to help enforce the act, as this issue impacts the lives of many, including my younger brother. We were fortunate enough to have treatment available, but this is not the case for others who do not have immediate access to treatment. Hopefully, you have considered this and work towards modifying the policy. If you have any questions, please contact me on my email, sebastam02@gmail.com. Have a great rest of your day.

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