Monday, Jul 30 2012 05:24 PM

Maximizing limited mental health resources on 'Californian Radio'

By The Bakersfield Californian

Is California funding the state's mental health needs appropriately?

It is, based on what Proposition 63 requires. Much of that funding, authorized in 2004, goes into wellness programs that can be "effective in preventing mental illnessses from becoming severe." But what about Californians who are experiencing mental health illnesses now? Some would argue that Prop. 63 funding would be better spent on direct services rather than things like horseback riding and yoga.

Is Kern County Mental Health Director Jim Waterman, whose agency spends nearly $8 million in Prop. 63 money each year, among those people? Tune in to "Californian Radio" this morning to find out.

Waterman joins Editorial Page Editor Robert Price, Tuesday's host, to talk about local mental health needs and how his agency addresses them in an era of ever-diminishing resources.

The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KERN-AM 1180. To call in with a question or comment, dial 842-KERN.

To listen to archived shows, visit

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