SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: Prevent another Sarah. ACT 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.
However, SANTA CRUZ COUNTY spends $80 million a year of mental and behavioral health funds* that could have been used to prevent this crisis. Our cities receive $0 in mental health funding, yet our police, residents, businesses and visitors deal with this crisis every day.
IT'S TIME TO SAY "ENOUGH!!
Join Sarah and thousands of others in demanding that the COUNTY ACT NOW to deal with these rapidly rising and changing problems in our communities. Just staying the course or defliecting problems to our cities is not enough.
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. We have also requested that the County provide the actual revenue, expenditure and reserves for our mental health funds at the end of each fiscal year through June 2017. If you can assist in the review of these financial reports once they are available, please let me know.
We are giving the County the benefit of the doubt and have modified the prior petition language regarding unspent funds pending review of the requested financial information.
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