MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO BE BOOSTED BY MILLIONAIRE’S TAX PAYMENTS

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Studies carried out on health services in one of the biggest counties in California show that a lot of people cannot afford to pay their medical bills. With this, programs were introduced that would cater for the homeless and the hospitalized. By taxing the wealthy, over 130,000 people in California can receive proper medical help. J. Scott Ashwood, an author and a researcher who participated in this study, said that the programs initiated showed satisfactory results. These programs have been helping the less fortunate population significantly.

The research was carried out just days after California was accused of hoarding health care resources. An audit stated that the California health care department accumulated over $231 million meant for mental health. According to Proposition 63 of the mental health act, individuals earning more than $1 million in a year would pay tax at a rate of 1%. This will raise approximately $2 billion annually. The money would be distributed to the counties of California where Los Angeles will receive the most. The executive director of mental health services, Toby Ewing said that this money is of significant help to people in dire need of mental treatment. It is unimaginable what would transpire if these funds were not available.

Ewing agrees with the audit on the proposals they highlighted to improve the mental health sector. Nevertheless, Ewing said that the funds available at the moment are being used in an inventive way and are boosting health services immensely. The funds not only pay for medical bills, but they also remunerate the staff who visit the mental health patients in their homes. The 2012 to 2016 Rand report highlighted two programs. They include improving outcomes for mental health patients and controlling and preventing mental illness from emerging in young people.

The Mental health department assistant director, Debbie Innes-Gomberg said that she was excited about participating in making a difference in the health sector. Innes-Gomberg also noted that preventing mental conditions in small kids is the best way to tackle the problem, by pinpointing children who don’t have stable homes and familial relationships. The programs can be introduced in schools and anyone in need of help can receive it immediately. A woman who had enrolled in the program said that if it were not for it, she would still be admitted to a mental hospital every month for health care. With success comes criticism. Pedro Nava, chair of the little hoover commission said that the only reason Los Angeles psychological program is successful is because they keep records and follow protocols, unlike other counties.

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