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State audit: Counties hoarding money for mental health programs
San Diego Union-Tribune

Counties throughout the state are holding onto millions of dollars intended for mental health services, a recently released state audit has found.

The audit is forgiving of San Diego County, which was found to allocate funds appropriately and monitor projects effectively, although it also was sitting on about $185 million at the time of the study.

The money comes from Proposition 63, a 2004 initiative known as the Mental Health Services Act, which placed a 1 percent income tax on state residents who earned $1 million or more annually.

The audit released last week from state Auditor Elaine Howle found mental health agencies around California had accumulated $231 million in unspent money from the Mental Health Services Act by the end of fiscal year 2015-16.