Support NAMI California’s Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund – Line 445 on Form 540
The California Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI California) is asking Californians to support mental health and public safety by “giving a little of what you’re getting back” this tax season. Making a voluntary contribution to the Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund – Line 445 on Form 540 when filing 2022 income taxes, Californians can support peace officers, individuals and families experiencing mental health crisis.
Between 2015 and 2020, 25% of deaths and 40% of non-fatal officer involved shootings included individuals with a mental health condition. Schizophrenia, suicidal ideation, alcohol, and drug-related disorders can make it hard for law enforcement to respond. With education and support on how to de-escalate situations, refer individuals to appropriate services and in partnership with the community, we can drastically reduce these horrific numbers and save lives.
There are no winners in these situations. Individuals and families in crisis suffer while officers are faced with extraordinarily difficult circumstances, often leading to their own mental health challenges. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we can do more to protect and support the officers who put their lives on the line to keep California safe.
NAMI California experts and public safety leaders agree that increased support and education for law enforcement officials is critical to safely engage people living with a mental illness. With these skills, officers can connect people experiencing a mental health crisis to treatment, counseling and other supports aiding in recovery.
Your Contributions Support Proven Crisis Intervention Team Programs
NAMI California’s Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund – Line 445 on Form 540 – allows Californians to divert a portion of their tax returns to help fund education that will improve mental health and public safety.
Contributions will help support and expand the successful mental health crisis intervention strategies. To date, over 10,000 law enforcement personnel have received training on de-escalation skills, scenario-based training for mental health crisis response, instruction from experienced officers, including the input from individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Funding will also be used to expand work to provide internal support groups for officers, leadership training and greater coordination with community organizations. Training and support will be constantly updated to ensure it takes advantage of the latest tools and technologies.
How You Can Support the Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Starting January 31, 2022, California taxpayers can make a voluntary contribution to the Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund when filing for their 2022 income taxes.
Simply check the box that reads “Mental Health Crisis Prevention Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund” on the contributions page and donate to the dollar amount of your choice (line 445 on Form 540). Voluntary contributions may also made on the 540 2EZ, 540NR Long or Short Form and 541, Schedule C.
Spread the Word to Help Reach Our $250,000 Goal
We have a goal of raising at least $250,000 to increase public safety mental health training and need your help.
Share this helpful factsheet with your friends, family, personal and professional networks, and use the NAMI California Affiliate Toolkit, which includes a curated collection of social media posts, collateral and other assets. So, whether you Tweet, Facebook or Insta, you can help support mental health and strengthen public safety.
Mental health is more important now than ever before, so please help us get tax filers to give a little of what they are getting back to support health and safety for all Californians!