California HealthCare Foundation by The Advisory Board Company.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Report Calls for Reforming Calif.’s Mental Health Treatment Law
On Sunday, the California Treatment Advocacy Coalition released a report suggesting that a state mental health law does not provide adequate access to treatment for people with the most severe mental illnesses, KPCC’s “KPCC News” reports.The report was compiled by physicians, lawyers, judges, mental health care workers and patients over the course of 30 months.Details of the ReportThe report found that Californians with severe mental health conditions are four times more likely to be in jail than in a hospital or outpatient clinic that provides appropriate services.
The authors provided 14 recommendations for changing the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, which was intended to help residents with mental illnesses acquire care in their communities.
A Sacramento Bee editorial states that mental health advocates’ push to overhaul the state’s mental health laws “ought to be taken seriously by legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown (D).”
According to the editorial, the problem of untreated severe mental illness commonly is “ignored, manifesting itself as it does in homelessness, suicide, early death and petty crime” (Sacramento Bee, 3/18).