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Measure B Has ‘Made Considerable Contributions to Mental Health Services’—Grand Jury Finds Substance Abuse Programs Lacked Funding

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Grand Jury:

A small crowd gathers as former Sheriff Tom Allman talks about the use of the facility to train law enforcement and first responders in serving the local mentally ill [All pictures provided by Dr. Jenine Miller]

After a slow start, the funds generated under the Mendocino County Mental Health Treatment Act, known as Measure B Ordinance No. 4387 (Measure B) have made considerable contributions to mental health services available in Mendocino County. The slow start actually contributed to the generation of an increased budget for new facilities and funding of pilot programs for four years.

Two of the three major planned facilities are operational and designs for the Psychiatric Housing Facility (PHF) are being completed. The Behavioral Health Department (BHD) is commended for their efforts in the completion and operation of two building projects: a Behavioral Health Training Center (BHTC) in Redwood Valley and the Crisis Residential Treatment Center (CRT) in Ukiah, recently named the Phoenix House.  Additional crisis services were funded by Measure B, creating Mobile Outreach and Prevention Services (MOPS) and facilitating National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) training.

In the past, required annual audits have not been performed for Measure B funds. Currently, audits for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 are being finalized. However, the audits will not cover the first 15 months of operation which include election and consultant costs.

Unfortunately, the Mendocino County Grand Jury (GJ) discovered the voter-approved ordinance directive for specific substance abuse programs were not funded with Measure B funds.

The entire report is posted at:

https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/county-organization/grand-jury/2021-2022-reports

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