Published On: November 2nd, 2023 | Categories: Governor Newsom, Legislative Update, Mental Health, State Updates |

In addition to housing bills, the Governor signed two bills that focus on mental health and substance abuse but have significant housing provisions.

SB 326 (Eggman, D-Stockton) modernizes the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) by, among other things, providing ongoing resources for housing. The law sets aside 30% of MHSA funds for housing intervention programs, with 50% of the funds made available for housing interventions for persons who are chronically homeless, with a focus on those in encampments, and up to 25% of the funds available for capital development projects.

AB 531 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks) places a $6.38 billion General Obligation Bond on the March 2024 ballot to fund the development of an estimated 11,150 supportive housing units and treatment beds throughout the State, with a dedicated focus on veterans. Additionally, it would provide funding-intensive services, including assistance to homeless people with severe mental illness.

The Governor also unveiled a plan, which he calls the California Mental Health Movement, to address mental health and substance abuse. As part of the plan’s $28 billion budget, $10.9 billion would be made available for the creation of an estimated 24,800 beds/housing units and 45,800 outpatient treatment slots for people with behavioral health issues.

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Yelba M. Carrillo, EdD., is a Principal and Co-Team Lead of the LDC Homelessness Solutions Team. Yelba has spent most of her career working within the homelessness sector in Los Angeles County focusing on special populations including veterans, LGBTQ+, older adults/seniors, and survivors of trauma. Biography | Email

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