Senate leader seeks mental health spending audit

3:14 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, facing questions over how money is being spent from a 2004 ballot initiative he co-authored, says he will request a detailed audit.

Steinberg's involvement after weeks of defending Proposition 63, which raised taxes on millionaires to fund mental health programs, means an independent review will likely go forward.

The request from the Sacramento Democrat, one of the state's most powerful political leaders, comes after The Associated Press reported that tens of millions of dollars had gone to general wellness programs for people who had not been diagnosed with any mental illness. Two Republican assemblymen last week asked for an audit of the programs, which include yoga and horseback riding.

Steinberg submitted a request for a more wide-ranging audit on Wednesday.

The Associcated Press

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