State still failing to track billions in mental health funds

Jan 27, 2015 4:00 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A watchdog agency says the state cannot show how billions of dollars collected through California's so-called millionaire's tax has helped people with mental illness.

A report by the Little Hoover Commission published Tuesday says the state has no way of assessing whether the $13 billion spent so far under Proposition 63 has been used effectively.

The report is the latest to show problems tracking the mental health programs.

An Associated Press investigation in 2012 found tens of millions in Proposition 63 dollars went to general wellness programs for people who had not been diagnosed with any mental illness. They include yoga, gardening and horseback riding.

The state auditor reported similar findings a year later.

The commission blames bureaucratic mishandling and an oversight structure that needs "prompt and dramatic review."

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