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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Why forced medication doesn’t work for mental health prevention

Mental health prevention means people in emotional crisis don’t need labels and medication: One of the groups giving out a different story about mental health prevention is the Treatment Advocacy Center. Wellness Wordworks is focusing on solutions and not problems, so we are talking about these people to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship and reframing the mental health prevention discussion.  The answer is that we can’t  use the same tools of money and political influence as people like these. We have to compete with our numbers, our creativity, our artwork, our passion, our honesty. Here’s an awesome speech about

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