California's governor is calling for better mental health care to help the state's huge homeless population, addressing one of the state's most pressing problems in his second State of the State speech. The number of people living on California's streets jumped 16% last year. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he wants to change the state's behavioral health system to help address the problem. It would involve taking a broader approach to address not just mental well-being but also interrelated physical challenges such as drug and alcohol abuse or poor diet and exercise.
We recap the highlights from his speech.
With files from the Associated Press
Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing District 2, which encompasses parts of the Westside, including Culver City, and the Eastside, including Carson and Compton; co-chair with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg of the state’s homelessness task force