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The following is an excerpt from the May 2019 Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness Newsletter.  To read this newsletter in full, please click here.

Helping the “Gravely Disabled”: A Status Report

Over the past year, advocates for the homeless watched the progress of California Assembly Bill 1971 with anticipation. The bill was created by the Steinberg Institute to help California’s mentally ill homeless population get the medical care they need. The Institute’s solution was to expand the legal definition of “gravely disabled” to allow medical treatment for those who don’t realize that they need it because their mental illness is so advanced. But the bill sparked a complex legal and ethical debate over an individual’s civil rights and at what point the county should intervene to detain someone for medical treatment.

Everyone can agree that something must be done. In Los Angeles County alone, around 30% of the over 50,000 homeless people are mentally ill; 38% have two or more major...

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