In 2004, California voters enacted a 1 percent tax on millionaires to improve care for people with serious mental illness. It is no doubt some were helped. It is no doubt billions were wasted. These are just some of the findings in a new report.
The chair of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission wrote an op-ed criticizing people who criticize how Mental Health Services Act funds are spent. He claims the program is working well. But it's not.
In California, it is playing out with relentless familiarity: the death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police has led to the usual criticisms of the police and calls for better training and more compassion.