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‘Warm’ Hotlines Deliver Help Before Mental Health Crisis Heats Up

“Warmlines” are phone lines or electronic chat options for people who are not having a full-blown mental health crisis but who could use support to stave off one. They are a growing trend in mental health outreach to supplement existing hotlines, with one successful warmline in the Bay Area recently expanding to cover all of California.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of California Crisis Pregnancy Centers In Case Related To Free Speech And Abortion

The California law at the center of the case required clinics that counsel women against abortion to inform clients of the availability of abortions paid for by the state. The justices ruled that the measure violates the First Amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that California can use other means to tell women about the availability of the procedure, but it “cannot co-opt the licensed facilities to deliver its message for it.”

Evaluation Trumps Incarceration in L.A. Police Dept. Mental Health Efforts

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit is winning rave reviews locally, in other states and from a few foreign countries, as well. Stakeholders say the program could be even better with more resources.