L.A. County Approves Nearly $41M For Psychiatric Urgent Care Centers, Mental Health Crisis Response Teams
On Wednesday, Los Angeles County supervisors approved $40.9 million in state funding to be used for three new 24-hour psychiatric urgent care centers. Law enforcement officers will be able to bring individuals with mental health problems to the facilities instead of emergency departments or jails. The funding also will be used to help finance about 560 additional residential treatment beds and create 14 crisis response teams for incidents involving individuals with mental illnesses.
- "District Attorney: LA Will Still Need New Jail, Even With Reduction of Mentally Ill" (Gardner, "KPCC News," KPCC, 11/12).
- "In Push To Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail, County To Expand Crisis Centers" (Sewell, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/12).
- "Funds OK'd To Keep Mentally Ill Out of L.A. Jails" (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 11/12).