Sacramento, CA – California’s advocates for mental health, affordable housing, and people experiencing homelessness were among those celebrating the passage of Proposition 2 as the polls closed in California tonight.
"This is, without question, a pivotal moment for mental health care in California," said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, co-author of the state’s 2004 Mental Health Services Act and champion of this year’s Prop 2. "By leveraging just a small percentage of existing mental health funding, we will be able to build enough supportive housing over the course of this program to get tens of thousands of people who are homeless and living with serious mental illness off the streets and into recovery. This is exactly the kind of investment we need to tackle the homelessness crisis that is straining so many of our communities. Voters have stepped up, and we will see a difference."
Prop 2 – the "No Place Like Home" Program – was supported by a broad coalition of community and homeless advocates, doctors, mental health experts, public safety officers and many others. The initiative authorizes the state to use a small percentage of funding generated by the Mental Health Services Act to leverage a $2 billion bond to build supportive housing linked to services for Californians living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
"As advocates for individuals with a serious mental illness and their families, we are encouraged to see voters recognize that investing in housing with support services is essential to turning the corner on homelessness in California and delivering dignity to those most in need," said Jessica Cruz, CEO of National Alliance On Mental Illness California (NAMI CA). "Prop 2’s success means opportunities for people with a serious mental illness to experience recovery, resiliency, and community."
Prop 2 will help Californians by:
- Building supportive housing for people living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
- Providing intensive coordinated care including mental health and addiction services, medical treatment, case management, education and job training.
- Strengthening partnerships among doctors, law enforcement, mental health and homeless services providers to ensure care provided through the housing program is coordinated and tailored to individual needs.
- Preventing more deaths on our streets and providing critical intervention by building supportive housing connected to mental health treatment and services.