If you’ve been affected or are concerned about these and other behavioral health issues, the County Health and Human Services Agency wants to hear from you.
A series of nine, two-hour forums will be taking place throughout the region to gather public input about the types of services needed in the region to address these and other issues. One of these forums will be happening in Escondido.
The County’s goal is to gain insight from people who have experience with behavioral health issues, school violence and other issues, including people with mental or substance use issues who are experiencing homelessness. The County also wants to hear from their families, behavioral health services providers and community organizations.
You need to register, and you can ask for interpreter services when registering. Register at www.ListenToSanDiego.org or by calling (619) 594-4409. Refreshments will be provided at the forums. Community members will be eligible to receive a $5 gift card for participating.
The information gathered will help HHSA determine how to spend federal and state funding, including Mental Health Services Act funding, which was approved by California voters in 2004. The Act imposes a 1 percent tax on personal income above $1 million for the creation of new mental health programs statewide.
You can also participate in the following forums to discuss new approaches to the topics listed below.
People who are not able to attend the forums can still give their input at www.ListenToSanDiego.org.
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