Re "Was $7 billion from Prop. 63 spent wisely?" (Editorials, Aug. 19): Initial evaluations of Proposition 63 programs show the Mental Health Services Act is delivering on its promise. For example, there have been enormous outcomes from just one program serving tens of thousands: Full Service Partnerships. A 2012 UCLA study done on these "whatever it takes" programs to treat the most severely mentally ill found that for every Proposition 63 dollar spent, another $1.27 was saved. In 2009-2010, there were almost 40,000 fewer days in psychiatric hospital care, 4,050 fewer emergency room visits, and a 58 percent reduction in county jail or state prison incarceration. Proposition 63 money is being put to work. Lives are being changed. Even so, there is more to know. A five-year Evaluation Master Plan will allow us to tell more of the story. This is the oversight this Commission expects and voters deserve.
-- Richard Van Horn, Sacramento, chairman of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission