Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Yee Continues To Push for Mental Health Funds
SAN FRANCISCO – Despite the recent round of budget cuts, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) today announced the continuation of $2.6 million in state grants for San Francisco’s mentally ill adults and child.
“There is no doubt that these are extremely difficult budgetary times, but I am pleased that we were able to protect funds for those who are most vulnerable,” said Assemblymember Yee. “These community programs have demonstrated success in assisting the mentally ill live stable and productive lives.”
The 2003-04 budget included $54.7 million to fund Integrated Services Programs for Homeless Mentally Ill for 34 programs statewide; $2,196,500 of which went to San Francisco. An additional $20 million was allocated to continue funding Children’s System of Care (CSCO) multi-agency programs for children and youth who are severely, emotionally disturbed; $501,000 of which went to San Francisco.
Data collected over the past four years show that adults who participated in the Integrated Services Programs for Homeless Mentally Ill experienced a 55.8 percent drop in the number of hospital days; a 72.1 percent drop in the number of days spent in jail; a 67.3 percent drop in the number of days spent homeless; and full-time employment increase of 65.4 percent; and a part-time employment increase of 53.1 percent.
“I will continue to fight for these essential mental health programs,” said Assemblymember Yee. “Not only do these programs keep families intact, but they help break down the stigma that our society puts on those who are mentally ill.”
Assemblymember Yee sits on the Assembly Health Committee and serves as the Chair of the Assembly Sub-Committee on Mental Health and the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Children’s Physical and Mental Well-being in Diverse California Communities.