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CAVSA is a proud supporter of Proposition 1 on the March 5, 2024 ballot because it will help veterans with mental health issues, will provide more mental health care workers across the state and will right decades of historic wrong.

Proposition 1 will provide $1billion to serve these veterans who are experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues because it is what these heroes need and deserve. That’s why veteran advocacy organizations such as CAVSA and it’s members have endorsed Prop. 1.

In addition to funding Veteran programs, California needs to ensure that there are more mental health professionals available to treat those who need care. Currently, those with serious mental health issues are having to wait six months or longer for an introductory appointment – that’s before they can start treatment. Proposition 1 will alleviate these wait times by funding additional professionals so that people with mental health needs are getting care quickly.

Proposition 1 gives California the chance to do right by the thousands of patients who were released from mental health hospitals over the last decades without a place to call home. In the late 1950s, California had the capacity to treat 37,000 patients in state mental health hospitals, but because of actions taken by politicians of bygone eras, those beds were closed and never replaced – leaving some of the most acute mental health patients on the streets and in tents, not in psychiatric beds where they could get the help they need. Proposition 1 brings new mental health treatment capacity and housing opportunities for those who have been forgotten for too long.

In recent decades, California has been a leader of mental health reform, but the time has come to modernize our approach with Proposition 1. I hope you will join us in voting YES on March 5, 2024. To sign up or learn more about Treatment Not Tents, visit www.treatmentnottents.com

 

The mission of California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA) is to inform public policy and advocate at the state and local level for the mental health, housing assistance, employment, and medical needs that will lift veterans and their families out of poverty and homelessness.