California to make $3.3 billion available for mental health, substance use treatment centers

(14 May 2024)

Redwood City, California – 14 May 2024
1. Officials stand in front of new mental health facility being built
2. Governor Gavin Newsom introduced at press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"Today we’re announcing an unprecedented two year process. We are collapsing this just approved bond. The first $3.3 billion will be going out in July in a matter of weeks. $3.3 billion on the notice of funding availability will go out. We will quickly approve those plans because we have a new task force and strike team around this, breaking down all of the boxes and bureaucratic hurdles. Time to decision making and they will approve those notices of funding on the basis of merit and scores, and move those dollars out on the first $3.3 billion in a matter of months, not a matter of years."
4. Camera cutaway at press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"6.38 billion reasons we can say we, the people of the state of California, met that call. $6.4 billion of new funding to provide housing. Why are we here? To illustrate exactly the kind of housing that’s eligible under this new funding source, the people of California just approved a couple of months ago."
6. Wide Newsom speaking at press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"Because of remarkable support from the people of the state of California, and I’m mindful of that, 40 million strong. They’ve given us tremendous support of the last number of years to transform our approach to address the issue of homelessness. Address the issue of housing. Address the issue of behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse. They’ve also given us latitude, to recognize that we need to do better and do more, and we need to all be held to a higher level of accountability"
8. Close of "Treatment not Tents" sign on speakers podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"I’ve never been more enthusiastic about our prospects to actually make a dent and address the issue of what’s happened on the streets and sidewalks in the state that I am today. These next 2 to 3 years will be transformational. We’re at a hinge moment. We’ve addressed a lot of the barriers, a lot of the issues that we have struggled with for decades in the state of California, the inability to do certain things. We’ve met the moment."
10. Construction worker listens to press conference
Hammered by mounting pressure from all sides to address the growing homelessness crisis in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday his administration will make $3.3 billion available ahead of schedule for counties and private developers to start building more behavioral health treatment centers as part of his efforts to boost investments in housing and drug use programs.

The Democratic governor, a top surrogate for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign who is also widely believed to harbor presidential aspirations of his own, has made homelessness a political priority and vowed to transform the state’s mental health system.

Homelessness has become one of the most frustrating issues in California, where Newsom’s administration invested billions of dollars to get people off the streets but no dramatic change has been seen in Los Angeles and other large cities.

California accounts for nearly a third of the homeless population in the United States; roughly 171,000 Californians are in need of housing.

The state will evaluate the projects based on gaps in local services.

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