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Action Alert: Come Support County Supervisor’s Motion on Mental Health Hospital Beds

 

1:00 PM, Tuesday, JANUARY 22, 2019 

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Room 381B,
Los Angeles, California

County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (5th District) is calling in a motion that will satisfy many of us. You’ve seen her at our last NAMIWalks in Grand Park highlighting the importance of mental health issues and her commitment to making a difference on this issue.  This motion does that.

Read the Complete Motion by Supervisors Barger here.

Essentially, the motion directs DMH to do three things:

  1. Direct the Department of Mental Health, in coordination with the Chief Executive Officer, to draft a plan for the creation of Mental Health Hospital beds to include potential sites, funding options, patient population, and all other pertinent details, and report back to the Board in 120 days.
  2. Direct the Department of Mental Health, in coordination with the Chief Executive Officer and the Sheriff’s Department, to assess current and future need for Mental Health Hospital beds that support the jail population and include this as part of the report back due in 120 days.
  3. Direct the Department of Mental Health to provide an assessment of all contracted mental health hospital beds, and make recommendations that allow the County to maintain and/or increase the number of beds available and include this as part of the report back due in 120 days.

Paul Stansbury, the chair of the Board of Directors of NAMI LACC, will provide testimony in support of the motion and give NAMI’s thanks to Supervisor Barger for her leadership on this at next week’s meeting.

Our point of view, generally:

1. We support Supervisor Barger’s motion to address the acute shortage of mental health hospital beds in our county.

2. Wait lists for admission to our county’s IMD long-term treatment beds have risen to crisis proportions, which is unacceptable, does not promote recovery, and bottlenecks the mental health system.

Please, come to the Board of Supervisors meeting and show your support in person.  

1:00 PM, Tuesday, JANUARY 22, 2019 

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Room 381B,
Los Angeles, California

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