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Lawmakers seek audit of mental health spending

7:24 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Two lawmakers say the state needs to change how mental health funding from a 2004 ballot initiative is spent to ensure the money serves those who need it most.

An Associated Press report over the weekend found that tens of millions of dollars raised under Proposition 63 have gone to programs designed to help those who have not been diagnosed with any mental illness. The programs include yoga, art and drama classes, horseback riding and gardening.

A fifth of the initiative's revenue was earmarked for prevention.

Assemblyman Dan Logue told the AP on Monday that he will call for oversight hearings and an audit, while Assemblyman Brian Nestande said he will support legislation clarifying how the money can be used. Both Republicans sit on the Assembly Health Committee.

The Associated Press

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