LA Eyes Major Overhaul To Agency That Serves As Guardian For Mentally Ill
A massive case load and staffing problems contribute to the the cycle of poor care for some of the city's most vulnerable residents.
LA Officials Call For Overhaul Of System That Cares For Severely Mentally Ill
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to pursue an overhaul of the Office of the Public Guardian by looking for ways to bring down caseloads, improve the quality of services, and ensure those who qualify for public guardianship are getting adequate care. The move comes as the county embarks on a massive effort to address homelessness and cut the number of people ending up in jail because of untreated mental illness. (Palta, 8/8)
In other news from across the state —
Is This Deal Humane?
In California, local jails get paid millions to house immigrants facing deportation. But some critics say bad conditions and inadequate health care in these jails puts detainees at risk. (Pickoff-White, Small and Dirks, 8/8)
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California's Marijuana Regulation Agency Has A New Name
California's lead agency for marijuana regulation has gone by many names. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the latest. The change reflects a wider trend away from the term "marijuana" in favor of "cannabis." (Mitric, 8/8)