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State Lawmakers Want To Overhaul Mental Health Programs

In a California Healthline report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed new approaches to mental health issues in the wake of the Isla Vista shooting incident — from a recent legislative proposal targeted at offenders to local efforts to better coordinate care for the mentally ill.

The report includes comments from:

  • Ratan Bhavnani, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Ventura County;
  • Linda Boyd, a program manager of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health;
  • Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara);
  • Kathleen Piché, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; and
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) (Kennedy, California Healthline, 6/11/14).

You can download a PDF of this report.

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