Counties Hit The Road To Treat Mental Health

Ana Magaña has struggled with schizophrenia for more than 30 years, and she even landed in the hospital a couple of years ago after she stopped taking her medications.

When the Woodlake resident was discharged, she received additional support.

But she didn’t get it by traveling 15 miles to the closest county mental health clinic, in Visalia. The clinic came to her.

Magaña, 74, was treated in one of Tulare County’s two mobile mental health units, custom-made recreational vehicles that serve isolated adults in rural areas.

The RVs hit the streets in 2007, funded by Proposition 63, known as the Mental Health Services Act, which was adopted by California voters in 2004. The measure funded an expansion of mental health services by imposing a 1 percent tax on personal income over $1 million.

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