Eight years ago, voters approved Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, to expand mental health services in California.
Since that time, what began as a method of providing an all-inclusive treatment system is now turning out to be its hallmark: full service partnerships. According to a new study by the University of California at Los Angeles, partnerships are resulting in improved mental health systems at lower overall costs. The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities report concludes that "overall, these results suggest a very positive treatment outcome and return on investment, for FSP clients."
Partnerships provide "whatever it takes" to a person with severe mental illness. Maybe it's housing, medical or mental health treatment; it might be medication management, job training or life skills. When that person begins to stabilize, money is saved in other areas: incarceration, psychiatric hospitalizations, emergency room visits and homelessness.