California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer: Treasurer Lockyer Announces $75.3 Million of Grants to Expand Community-Based Mental Health Crisis Care Grants will fund 827 beds, mobile crisis teams

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer Bill Lockyer today announced approval of $75.3
million of grants that will strengthen California’s mental health crisis care system by
adding 827 residential and crisis stabilization beds, and providing 39 vehicles and 60 staff
for mobile support teams.

“This funding will significantly improve California’s mental health care system by
strengthening community-based services that help those experiencing crises,” said
Lockyer. “These programs will save lives, help keep mental health patients out of jails
and hospital emergency rooms, and prevent needless suffering.”

The 20 grants were approved today by the California Health Facilities Financing
Authority (CHFFA), which Lockyer chairs. The money will fund new or expanded
services in 28 of California’s 58 counties.

The $75.3 million represents the first funding round from the $149.3 million allocated by
the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 (Act). The Act was created by SB
82, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

“These grants begin the process of saving more lives, and saving more money in our
mental health care system,” said Steinberg. “Our criminal justice system and hospital
emergency rooms are packed full of people who end up there because they were arrested
or hospitalized during a mental health crisis and had nowhere else to go. More crisis
residential beds and mental health crisis teams can make the difference between recovery
and a downward spiral into severe mental illness.”

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