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Wed, Aug 21, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

State Audit Raises Questions Over Mental Health Spending


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California has raised nearly $9 billion to fund services for the mentally ill since Proposition 63, an income tax on millionaires, passed in 2004. But a recent State Auditor's report found that state agencies have failed to adequately monitor how mental health tax dollars are spent. Critics say money was used on questionable preventative programs like yoga classes, gardening, and buying iPads. We'll discuss the audit and whether the money benefited those most in need.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dan Logue, assemblyman for California's 3rd District and vice chair of the Assembly Health Committee
  • Debbie Innes-Gomberg, District Chief, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Rose King, policy consultant and co-author of Proposition 63, the "Mental Health Services Act"
  • Rusty Selix, executive director and legislative advocate at Mental Health Association in California

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