Re "Mental health oversight faulted" (Page A1, Aug. 16) and "Teacher credentialing should include mental health training" (Viewpoints, July 31): The State Auditor's report indicates that Mental Health Services Act -- Proposition 63 -- programs have neither demonstrated effectiveness or that they have specifically targeted "individuals severely affected by or at risk of serious mental illness," as was the intent of Proposition 63 when approved by the voters.
Dr. Wayne Clark should re-evaluate his "recommendation that administrators and teachers receive more training in the area of student mental health" using MHSA funding. There are no known evidence-based treatments that prevent serious mental illness. Diverting MHSA funds to provide teachers and administrators with "more training" to achieve something that, to this point has proven impossible, with untested methods, is ill-advised.
It is time for leaders in this area, such as Dr. Clark, to follow the ethical obligations of their professions and positions, and treat the seriously mentally ill with effective, evidence-based practices, as is the mandate of Proposition 63.
-- Jeffery L. Hayden, Ph.D., Camarillo