San Francisco Might Become First City To Guarantee Mental Health Care

San Francisco might become the first city in the country to guarantee all residents access to mental health care. Supervisors plan to introduce a November ballot measure next week that would ask voters to approve building a walk-in mental health and substance abuse treatment center.

That measure would only need a simple majority vote, but a separate measure to tax large companies to pay for it would need a 2/3rds majority. Either in November or next March, voters could also be asked to approve a new tax on gross receipts of companies, based on how much more their CEOs are paid compared to the median employee.

Supporters say the tax could raise as much 200-million-dollars in the first two years and save the estimated 370-million-dollars the Health Department already spends every year on mental health care.

Source:San Francisco Chronicle

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