Re "Mental health's revolving door" (Dan Morain, Oct. 20): Kudos to Dan Morain for describing the tragic cycle of repeated relapses, jail, forced hospitalization and frequently, death to which California has doomed its severely mentally ill.
Sacramento County needs Laura's Law, which keeps the severely mentally ill on their medications and in the community, and is now eligible for multiple forms of state funding.
Though only two counties have adopted it, Nevada County has saved $1.81-$2.52 for every dollar spent on Laura's Law, through a reduction in forced hospitalization days, reduction in incarceration days, and decrease in emergency interventions.
In Los Angeles, costs decreased by an estimated 40 percent to a 78 percent reduction in days of incarceration, an 86 percent decrease in days of hospitalization, and a 77 percent reduction in hospitalization even after Laura's Law discharge.
-- Mary Ann Bernard , Sacramento