The new state audit affirmed that more must be done with the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to assist those who need long-term assisted outpatient treatment, something I have been advocating for a long time…. Earlier this year I introduced five bills to address and improve the LPS Act.
Orange County leaders this week unveiled a $40 million, 60,000 square foot mental health campus in Orange aimed at radically shifting regional homelessness spending away from local police and more toward mental health treatment.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 3,791 people had signed a change.org petition asking Knott’s Berry Farm to reverse its decision Tuesday to close a virtual reality scare show featuring patients in a mental institution.
For years, local political leaders largely ignored Orange County’s severe shortage of psychiatric beds, which has contributed to, among other things, the current homelessness crisis. But they are beginning to direct their policymaking to the problem.
Local government officials and nonprofit leaders sat down with the Voice of OC Community Editorial Board last week to talk about how the county succeeded and how it failed this year in the fight against homelessness.