SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: Acting NOW on Mental Health!
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The horrific recent story of Sarah Shinsky being attacked near Downtown Santa Cruz in broad daylight could have been a story about any of our daughters or wives, sons or husbands, a friend. And in any of our communities.
IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
Our cities receive $0 in mental health funding, yet our police, residents, businesses and visitors have to deal with this crisis every day.*
Sarah and thousands of others demanded that the County ACT, and THE COUNTY HAS RESPONDED through the leadership of Sheriff Jim Hart and Supvervisor Ryan Coonerty. On Aug 7, the County is considering two new funding streams to generate tens of millions to better coordinate mental health, addiction, homeless and law enforcement challenges. (See agenda items 4 and 5 here)
Please sign this petition and give the County the support it needs to provide the leadership WE need!
* NOTE - The California "millionaire's tax" adopted by the voters in 2004 imposed a special 1% tax on all incomes over $1 million and has provided a dedicated State funding stream for mental health services. Santa Cruz County receives ALL of those funds for our region, totalling $15 million a year, which is only part of the County's total $80+ million per year budget for mental and behavioral health, including addictions. The City receives ZERO funding for mental and behavioral health.
A State Audit released in late February identified huge unspent funds from the "millionaire's tax" throughout California, including Santa Cruz County with an accumulated $15 million as of June 2014. However, that audit was based on dated information since Santa Cruz County was two years behind in filing the required reports (1 of only 6 agencies out of 59 that was two years behind or more).
County staff have since indicated that the unspent funds no longer exist, and we have requested the late reports to verify that change. The County informed us in early August that all late reports will be posted within two weeks.
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