SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – While much of the political debate nationally and here in the Bay Area is centering on gun control following last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the head of California’s State Senate wants the focus to shift towards mental health.
California voters passed Proposition 63 in 2004, which was written by then-Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, who is now State Senate President Pro Tem. The measure created a millionaire’s tax to fund mental health services, prevention and early intervention.
“Every family, every workplace, every school. There are people who are living with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and we rarely talk about it,” said Steinberg.