CSAC Bulletin Article

Proposition 1 Approved by California Voters

March 28, 2024

Last week, Governor Newsom announced the passage of Proposition 1, which makes significant revisions to California’s existing mental health system and authorizes a $6.4 billion bond to finance supportive housing and behavioral health treatment settings. Although the final election results will not be certified by the Secretary of State until April 12, 2024, it is now clear that the measure has enough votes to become law.

In addition to authorizing new funding for behavioral health treatment infrastructure and permanent supportive housing for veterans and others experiencing or at risk of homelessness, Proposition 1 renames the Mental Health Services Act to the Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA), broadens the eligible uses of funds to include the provision of substance use disorder treatment services, revises the funding categories to include a prioritization for housing interventions for those with the most severe needs, and establishes additional oversight and accountability measures. Counties will work in partnership with the Administration to develop recommendations to address the revenue volatility of the BHSA and fully implement the changes included in Proposition 1, ensuring the best interests of California’s most vulnerable populations are upheld.

CSAC will host a workshop on Proposition 1 on April 17 in Sacramento during the CSAC Legislative Conference where we will be joined by representatives from the Administration working on implementation. CSAC will continue to keep counties updated as we begin to talk through implementation with DHCS, CalHHS, and HCD staff.

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