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California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 5731

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The Legislature finds and declares that the mental health system is a large and important segment of California's system of health care. The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following:

(a) Public Law 99-660 1 requires that the State Department of Mental Health develop a state plan for the Short-Doyle mental health system which includes all of the following:

(1) Plans developed in response to federal planning requirements shall be submitted to the Legislature.

(2) Evidence of broad participation from concerned citizens and mental health consumers.

(3) An analysis of the needs of seriously and persistently mentally ill adults, severely emotionally disturbed children and homeless mentally ill in California.

(4) Improvements in the mental health delivery system are needed for seriously mentally ill adults, severely emotionally disabled children, and homeless mentally ill.

(5) Given the existing mental health funding base, priorities need to be established for the Short-Doyle community mental health system.

(6) There is no minimum range of treatment services which should be available in every county in California.

(7) Most funding formulas for state mental health programs are not client based.

(8) The state has a special responsibility for the care and treatment of seriously and persistently mentally ill adults, seriously emotionally disturbed minors, and homeless mentally ill who are the most vulnerable and who require consistent supportive services to meet their health and safety needs in the community.

(9) Legislative action is required to ensure that a comprehensive policy is developed which addresses the critical problems and key issues currently facing the mental health system in California.

1  Public law sections classified to U.S.C.A., see USCA-Tables.

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