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In push to keep mentally ill out of jail, county to expand crisis centers
In push to keep mentally ill out of jail, county to expand crisis centers

At the urging of Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and others lobbying to keep mentally ill people from being locked up in county jails, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Wednesday to fund several programs for people undergoing psychiatric crises. The supervisors voted to use $40.9 million in state funding for opening three new 24-hour psychiatric urgent care centers, where police can bring people undergoing mental health crises instead of taking them to overcrowded emergency rooms or jail. The money would also help pay for an estimated 560 new residential treatment beds and to create 14 new crisis response teams that send mental health workers -- sometimes in conjunction with law...

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