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Lawmakers address California's deeply fragmented mental health system

Lawmakers address California's deeply fragmented mental health system

Advocates and mental health practitioners say that California's approach to mental health — and particularly to involuntary treatment — is deeply fragmented across its 58 counties. Lawmakers are trying to address the inconsistency of policies and approaches, but activist groups often disagree about the appropriate balance between protecting patients' civil liberties and forcing treatment on people who may be in danger or pose a danger to others because of severe mental illness. Several bills working their way through the state Legislature aim to address the state's involuntary treatment system: •AB 59: Would streamline the process for counties to...

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