One in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year and one in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In a county of 3.2 million residents, that adds up to a lot of people.
The County of San Diego is determined to strengthen mental health services, and on Tuesday, I was proud to join my colleagues in a 5-0 vote to approve $182.2 million in Mental Health Services Act funding for 2016-18.
With our vote, we adopted a 10-year roadmap to guide our planning of programs and services. I appreciate our Behavioral Health Services staff for creating a document that can be revised as needed.
I also appreciate the commitment of our Behavioral Health Advisory Board and the opinions of everyone who participated in the public forums that informed the drafting of our plans. Input from the Suicide Prevention Working Group was especially helpful.
Funding from the Mental Health Services Act can fluctuate significantly from year to year.
Notwithstanding, our Health and Human Services Agency has spent more than 78 percent of its allocated MHSA funds since the 2004-05 fiscal year.
I appreciate the agency's fiscally-prudent spending plans and I am proud that for the first time in our history, the county has budgeted more than $500 million for mental health services.
To learn more about Tuesday's annual mental health update, click here.