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    Supervisors approve mental health plan

    I am proud to serve on a board that sends resources where they are needed most.

    That’s what happened at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting: a 4-0 vote to approve $10 million to provide housing for severely mentally-ill.

    Our action paves the way to greatly expand our Behavioral Health Services Permanent Supportive Housing Program, which has developed 241 dwelling units since its inception in 2008.

    The $10 million appropriation is part of a $145.5 million spending plan for funds from California’s Mental Health Services Act. Approved by voters in 2004, the Act – and the programs it has funded – has provided promise for many people who had long since given up hope.

    Tops among them are homeless people who suffer from serious mental illness.

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