FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Contact: Amanda Smith (714) 662-6050, Amanda.Smith@sen.ca.gov
Mental Health Bill to Make Funds More Flexible Passes With Unanimous Vote
Senate Bill 1273 Grants Greater Flexibility in Use of Mental Health Services Act Funds
(Sacramento) –Today, the Senate passed legislation by Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Senate Bill 1273 – with a 38-0 vote that gives county personnel greater flexibility over the use of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds for outpatient crisis stabilization services. The bill is co-authored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and other legislators.
“I am greatly encouraged that the Senate recognized the importance and critical need for SB 1273 today. SB 1273 will empower and equip counties with another valuable tool to approach the mental health crisis we are facing,” Moorlach said. “This bill benefits our police officers, first responders and our emergency rooms that have been over-burdened.” Continue reading