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LA County Mental Health Competency Cases Rise 50%

NAMI Los Angeles County Council’s Criminal Justice Chair, Mark Gail, was recently interviewed on KABC radio about the county’s spike in mental competency court cases.

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“The number of mental competency court cases is going through the roof in Los Angeles County and officials are not sure why. From 2014 to 2015, the rate increased by 50 percent. Between 2010 and 2015, the annual number of cases shot up from 944 to more than 3,500.    Mark Gale, criminal justice chairman for the L.A. County Council of the National Alliance on Mental Illness says the explanation lies in the acute shortage of long-term care facilities for the severely mentally ill.”  FULL STORY

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