US Senator Alex Padilla gets more than $11 million for California healthcare facilities, mental health services, crisis response and public safety – including $125,000 for Stanislaus and Merced counties
July 31, 2022 – WASHINGTON, DC – Last Friday, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced he had secured more than $11 million in federal funding for nine projects and programs to increase the capacity of health care facilities, provide mental health services, and strengthen behavioral health crisis response across California in multiple Senate appropriations bills. The bills were released yesterday by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now be reconciled with their House counterparts before final passage.
“I’m proud to support projects that will improve health care and emergency response systems throughout California,” said Senator Padilla. “Many of these projects involve collaboration between medical professionals, social service workers and law enforcement to better respond to crisis situations. When public health and public safety agencies work together, we can create safer outcomes for everyone.
Projects to increase health care capacity and improve emergency response in California included in Senate appropriations bills:
$2.5 million for an upgrade to the regional public safety radio network in Los Angeles County
The Interagency Communications Interoperability System is a local government-owned land mobile radio network that hosts over seventy regional public safety agencies, allowing all member entities to communicate directly with each other through radio communications. This project will upgrade software and hardware throughout Los Angeles County to provide seamless interoperable communications to emergency responders.
$2 million for the Lincoln Center Resilience Hub in Oakland
This funding will help expand the Lincoln Recreation Center/Resiliency Hub, a vital community center in the heart of Chinatown and downtown Oakland. Resilience centers provide a local place for people, regardless of income, language spoken, or housing situation, to refrigerate medication, charge devices to communicate with loved ones, and access clean air when needed. disaster, extreme weather events and electricity. network instability.
$1.615 million for Torrance Police Department body and dash cams
This funding will help the City of Torrance purchase body-worn and in-vehicle police cameras to improve transparency, accountability and public safety.
$1.5 million for Children’s Hospital Orange County Interventional Radiology Department
This funding will enable the acquisition and installation of a state-of-the-art therapy system to help improve healthcare for children with complex medical conditions in Southern California.
$1.368 million for San Gabriel Valley Mobile Crisis Program
This funding will support the San Gabriel Valley Mobile Crisis Response Alternative Program. The program aims to improve responses to people in crisis by providing a 24/7 alternative response to law enforcement for those experiencing a mental and behavioral health emergency, and by providing resources proactive and easily accessible mental health services for schools. young aged to reduce instances of mental health crises that require emergency intervention.
$1 million for the City of Modesto Mental Health Crisis Response System
This funding will help launch a comprehensive mental health crisis response system pilot program to better respond to emergency service calls involving people in mental health crisis.
$752,000 for LA Maestra Family Health Centers El Cajon Behavioral Health Center
This funding will support the expansion of the newly acquired La Maestra Community Health Center building located at 181 Rea Avenue in El Cajon. This is part of their initiative to improve access to primary health care and specialty care – including behavioral health services and substance use disorder treatment services – for immigrant populations. and low-income, uninsured and underinsured refugees.
$500,000 for GLIDE Foundation Integrated Mobile Services
This funding will help expand the GLIDE Foundation’s integrated mobile services to provide mobile connections to health care for substance abuse disorders and other complementary support services in San Francisco’s most needy areas.
$125,000 for Legacy Health Endowment’s Person-Centered Care Community Living Pilot Program in Stanislaus and Merced Counties
This funding will help create and pilot a long-term care program, with comprehensive medical and non-medical services, to support socially isolated seniors and caregivers in Stanislaus and Merced counties.
These projects and programs have been included in the Labor, Health, and Human Services Departments of the Senate; Commerce, Justice and Science; and appropriation bills for transportation, housing and urban development. Full summaries and texts of these bills are available here.
Source: Senator Alex Padilla