Keep Prop. 63 funds for severely mentally ill

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 11:10 am

Re "Recovery, with a question mark" (Forum, Dan Morain, Dec. 29): Two sick men were recently featured in Bee articles - one repeatedly dumped from treatment and jails, the other shot by police. They both needed services for which there is ample public money, but it’s being allocated to people who are not mentally ill. To keep him safe on medication and in the community, Matthew Herrera needs help either through Laura's Law, a state statute allowing options in treatment of mental illness, or the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant program. Trained crisis intervention teams, currently unfunded, would help keep sick people like Pangagiotis Eliopoulos from being shot by police. Residents can write to the state Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to urge Prop. 63’s monies be reserved for programs for the severely mentally ill, as voters intended. The commission’s email address is mhsoac@mhsoac.ca.gov. -- Mary Ann Bernard , Sacramento

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