The Role Of Mental Health Services Act

1718 Words Dec 5th, 2014 7 Pages
Proposing Prop 63

“One of my biggest struggles with dealing with my ‘problems’ was being able to pay for help. At some points I thought the process to receive help was more draining than my illness itself” (May). Mental illness has plagued millions of people in the United States alone, and with the stigma it carried, getting the help that is needed is not always possible. With Proposition 63 in California it is speculated that with proper aid from the government and community those with mental health problems will be better suited to face their demons. That by having a budget to help those desperately in need we can better the lives of those who struggle with mental illness.
The approval of Proposition 63 (also known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA) in November 2004 provides the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to provide increased funding, employees and other resources to support county mental health programs. The Department will also monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, teens/young adults, adults, and families. Prop 63 includes a wide field of prevention, early involvement, service needs, the necessary transportation, technology and training fundamentals that will successfully support the system (Scheffler and Adams).
According to The National Institute of Mental Health the costs related with mental illness from both the direct cost for mental health services and treatment and losses related to the disability caused by these…

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