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Transforming Behavioral Health​​​​

transforming behavioral health​​​​

Background​​​

In March 2024, Californians passed Proposition 1 to transform behavioral health (mental health and substance use challenges) by addressing gaps in care for the most vulnerable Californians. 

The two legislative bills that created the language in Proposition 1 are:

  • Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA) SB 326​ 
  • Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act AB 531

Investing in Prevention

CDPH will receive funding to implement population-based behavioral health-prevention strategies.

  • A minimum of 4% of BHSA funds will be directed for population-based mental health and substance use disorder prevention programs.  
  • A significant portion of these prevention funds (51%) will be reserved for programs addressing prevention for populations who are 25 years or younger. ​

Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes

Behavioral health conditions have a growing impact on Californians. More than 50 different programs across CDPH work to improve behavioral health outcomes for all Californians. Examples include: 

    1. Never a Bother Campaign launched in March 2024 through the CDPH Office of Suicide Prevention. This is a multilingual youth suicide prevention media and outreach campaign, co-created with youth from across the state.   ​
    2. The Youth Suicide Reporting and Crisis Response Pilot Program​ is developing and testing models to make youth suicide and attempted suicide reportable events that initiate rapid and comprehensive responses (i.e., crisis response) in schools and community settings.  
    3. A public education and change campaign co-designed with youth to reduce stigma around behavioral health and to increase help-seeking behavior and wellness support.  

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