Fiscal Transparency: Supervisor Andrew Do Releases Mental Health Budget Documents

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Fiscal Transparency: Supervisor Andrew Do releases mental health budget documents

  • Documents shed light on $325 million budget
  • Released in advance of March 25 Public Hearing

As part of his ongoing commitment to fiscal transparency, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do is releasing budget documents and background materials outlining the programs and services provided under the county’s $323 million mental health services budget.

Later this month, Supervisor Andrew Do and Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett will take testimony from the public on Orange County’s mental health system.

Supervisor Do says that his decision to disclose budget documents will aid the public in advance of the March 25 meeting.

“Releasing these budget documents gives the public vital information about the county’s mental health programs and will improve the discussion at our March 25 public hearing,” said Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, who represents the communities of Garden GroveWestminsterSanta Ana and portions of Fountain Valley. “This hearing gives Orange County residents an opportunity to recommend ways to improve our delivery of mental health services.”

BHS_Map-2-3-16The Orange County Health Care Agency serves as the county’s specialty mental health plan for patients struggling with severe mental illness. Orange County oversees approximately 200 programs and services, ranging from case management to crisis intervention.

Last month, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do announced his support for State Senator John Moorlach’s proposal to provide greater flexibility and make better use of mental health funds provided by the state.

Senate Bill 1273 grants local governments the authority to use mental health services funding for crisis stabilization services for individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency.

Supervisors Bartlett, Fifth District, and Do, First District, comprise an ad-hoc committee established last year to address programs and needs within the County’s behavioral health system. Behavioral health relates to a person’s mental well-being and their ability to function in society.

Fiscal Transparency: OC Mental Health Budget Documents
Public Meeting: Orange County Mental Health
DateFriday, March 25
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Hall of Administration
1st Floor Board Room
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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  • OCservant_Leader

    The circle-jerk does demonstrate the chaos they created. (On a side note the BH Chief of Operations responsible for this diagram just got a promotion to head up the DAs Administration)

    Their MHSA PR guy is an EA so he knows how it’s done.

    Who is going to create the excel spreadsheet and explain the funny numbers?

    Come on…how much money goes to Management, how much to staff, how much to lease the buildings from the Public Work’s Managers, how many people are served, how long is the wait list, what are the outcomes, how many EAs were hired??

    How many wrongful death lawsuits?

  • David Zenger

    This is just embarrassing. Do is directing the public’s attention to the HCA’s annual budget round up draft documents. So what?

    Where’s the accomplishment? Do wants credit for “disclosing” public documents? Weak.

  • Mai-Phuong Nguyen

    Good to see strides are being made towards ‘transparency.’ Let’s wait and see if the implementation and actualization of this plan comes to fruition.