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Go Support NAMI’s Position at Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday 2/12

NAMI LACC Issues Call for NAMI Advocates, Members, and Supporters to Attend the Next Board of Supervisors Meeting

The following was adapted from an urgent email alert from NAMI LACC Executive Director, Brittney Weissman:

This coming Tuesday, 2/12/19, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will take up four important motions that will have potentially huge impacts on the treatment of those with serious mental illness in the County criminal justice system and jails.  Please turn out to show your support for expanded Jail Diversion and better treatment by the justice system of individuals struggling with mental illness. 

These motions address critical areas related to jail diversion and construction of a new jail:

  • Developing the County’s Plan for Justice-Impacted Women,
  • Studying Diversion and Treatment Capacities** Across Agencies to Reimagine Jail Construction (**for Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
  • Building a Gender-Responsive Criminal Justice System
  • Developing a Road Map for Expanding Alternatives to Custody and Diversion 

NAMI’s Main Points for Tuesday:

  1. Men’s Central Jail must be replaced by a modern facility providing high quality mental health care and rehabilitative programming for inmates. 
  2. Los Angeles County should use jail to detain people on the basis of public safety; not because there are no other community treatment options. It is all but impossible to get better in jail.
  3. Two important County studies, both currently underway, may well prove that LA County could build a smaller mental health jail facility than originally planned. One study is examining LA County’s mighty efforts around diverting people with mental illness from jail to community-based resources and ways to successfully expand this program.  The other study is on retaining and expanding mental health hospital and IMD bed capacity.  
  4. The county should spend only that which is required to build a facility based on data and trends evidenced in these studies and direct all cost savings toward providing community-based resources.

LACC Executive Director Weisman wrote:

“I encourage you to attend and sign up at the BOS meeting kiosk booths in the lobby to speak on these issues.  You can note that you’re a NAMI member of your affiliate and certainly repeat the point of view above with your personal story.   If you’re able to make it, please let me [Brittney] know*.  

Here are the meeting details:

Tuesday, February 12 at 9:30 am
Hahn Hall of Administration – Board Meeting Room
500 W Temple Street, LA CA 90012

If you are unable to attend, you may submit written comments to all Supervisors at executiveoffice@bos.lacounty.gov.

Contact info for L.A. COUNTY SUPERVISORS to find your district:   http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/OnlineDistrictmapApp/Default.cfm

Sup. Hilda Solis 1st Dist.  (213) 974-4111   firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Sup. Mark Ridley-Thomas 2nd Dist. (213) 974-2222  MarkRidley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Sup. Sheila Kuehl  3rd Dist.  (213) 974-3333   sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
Sup. Janice Hahn  4th Dist.    (213)-974-4444  fourthdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Sup. Kathryn Barger  5th Dist.   (213) 974-5555  kathryn@bos.lacounty.gov

Thanks,

Brittney Weissman, Executive Director
NAMI Los Angeles County Council
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1804
Los Angeles, CA 90010

*(818) 687-1657 / Brittney@namilaccc.org

For a detailed summary of each motion, please see the published agenda for this meeting items 3,4,9, and 11.  The actual wording of each motion can be found via a link at the end of the relevant summary.

If you will be speaking, please be aware that public comments on each agenda item are often limited to 1 minute per speaker, so keep that it in mind.  

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