By Anthony Humes | KFYR-TV
Posted: Oct 27, 2016
BISMARCK, N.D. - Measure 4 has been one of the most contested measure this election cycle. Thursday, the group proposing the measure, Raise it for Health ND, held a press conference to discuss the state's mental and behavioral health, and the programs they say are needed to address the issues.
Supporters of the bill Kurt Snyder and Carlotta McCleary, Executive Director for Heartview Foundation and Mental Health America of North Dakota talked about the Schulte Report that researched the problems the mental health system is facing in North Dakota.
"They're in a crisis. We were in a crisis back in 2014, according to the Renee Schulte Report and now with those further budget cuts, I think it's more of a crisis. It's really a desperate situation out there," says McCleary.
The ballot measure states that 50 percent of all new tax revenue collected must be deposited into the Community Health Trust Fund. Seventy percent of that must be used for mental and behavioral health, 20 percent must go to public health clinics across the state and 10 percent must be used to fund chronic disease research and treatment.