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What would Prop 1 do for CA's mental health & homelessness crisis?

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Proposition 1, which would authorize $6B in bonds for mental health treatment facilities and provide housing for homeless people.

CalMatters reporter Kristen Hwang writes that "if it passes, the measure championed by Governor Gavin Newsom would mark the first major overhaul of the state's community mental health system in 20 years."

She reports that Governor Newsom has amassed more than $14.2 million for Prop 1. He's drawing from longtime allies in health care, unions and Native American tribes to fund the campaign. Those opposed have raised a mere $1,000. Newsom’s opponents are small mental health providers and current users of the mental health system that fear losing resources if voters pass the measure.

What questions do you have about Proposition 1? Give us a call at 866.798.8255 or email yourcall@kalw.org.


Kristen Hwang, CalMatters health care and policy reporter


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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.