Audit Requested of California’s Mental Health Recovery Services, and Special Tax That Pays for Them

In 2004, California voters initiated and passed a new far-reaching Mental Health Services Act  (called Proposition 63 in Calfornia) to upgrade its obsolete, notoriously underfunded mental health system.  Since it was enacted, MHSA has raised more than $8 billion for mental health services, Valley Public Radio reported Aug, 9, 2012.

The services are paid for by existing mental health funds, plus a “Robin Hood tax.”   People who make more than $1 million per year pay one percent of their income, earmarked for “recovery services” for folks with mental health labels.

Now, a Republican lawmaker is calling for an audit of how

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Different Types of Mental Health Advocacy

There are many types of advocacy:

Types of Advocacy: Legislative, the New Hampshire Statehouse

Legislative advocacy is pretty much sticking your hand out and saying, “Please.”

Wellness Wordworks’s message is, “We don’t really need more money; we just need to spend it on what really works.”

But many legislative advocates in mental health are service providers fighting to keep their agencies open, whether or not this benefits people receiving services.

Most grassroots or consumer-based advocates have to pay their own expenses to participate in legislative advocacy and are consequently not strongly represented. Some professional advocates don’t even know consumers

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Paul Cumming – Building mental health solutions is our best approach

I suggest stop wasting valuable time and energy talking about meds.  We’ve known since the meds came out that they had problems. The side effects are listed, although maybe not shared complete honestly. The lower efficacy was well known from the release of each medication, although maybe not shared completely honestly. Rather positive energy can be used to create, and/or promote mental health solutions. We need programs and treatments that consumers can choose to utilize. With no choices there is nothing to choose!

Look at Mary Ellen Copeland, she created a program, packaged it for sustained growth and in due

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Paul Cumming: Solution based advocacy, our dream on Martin Luther King Day for the mental health community

Since this is Martin Luther King Day, we are printing Paul Cumming’s suggestions to Wellness Wordwork’s founder Corinna West in this guest blog about solution based advocacy. These suggestions were made via phone and several Facebook conversations. It’s always good to have a mentor.

Video of Paul Cumming tallking about Network of Care:

(Although this TV reporter does start with some disease language, Paul is one of our fans of using a distress based approach.)

Often the people that are talking the loudest about problems have the fewest solutions, because people with solutions are busy building their answers and

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