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We Support Measure O, Coming on Your Sonoma County Ballot in November

Measure O, supported by the Board of Supervisors, would raise funding for mental health, substance abuse, homeless and housing services. If passed by Sonoma County voters, the measure will institute a 1/4-cent sales tax for a period of ten years, and generate an estimated $25 million per year. Read on to learn more. 

The measure received more than 20 public comments of support in Board of Supervisors meeting on August 4, 2020. Sonoma County is facing a serious shortage of resources when it comes to providing services to the most vulnerable individuals among us: those with serious mental health conditions. Many have a re-occurring substance use disorder as well. Nevertheless, ongoing services are provided only to a very small percentage of those in need, which leaves many others without ongoing support, housing, and/or mental health care; these people often end up in crisis. 

When they do, our entire community is impacted by the costs borne by the County for delivering crisis care which is very expensive. This applies to law enforcement, other first responders, the jail and hospital emergency departments.  Frequently, it means sending an individual who requires inpatient hospitalization out-of-county due to the lack of psychiatric beds in Sonoma County. This separates them from their local support system, furthering the likelihood of repeated crises.

It is now up to the voters decide on its passage in November. No matter where you fall on this issue, it is important to learn about the state of mental health care — and funding — in Sonoma County. Check in again on our website and our Facebook page for more updates on the ballot measure as we approach the November 2020 election. Visit to check your voter status or register in advance of the election!

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