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L.A. County health director outlined planned department merger in memo
L.A. County health director outlined planned department merger in memo

Los Angeles County officials Thursday released a previously withheld "confidential" memo that outlined a proposal by the director of Health Services to consolidate two other health-related agencies under his department. County supervisors voted unanimously last week to move toward integrating the departments of Public Health -- responsible for controlling disease outbreaks, managing substance abuse programs and conducting health inspections -- and Mental Health with the Department of Health Services, which runs county hospitals and clinics. Proponents said consolidation would save money and provide more comprehensive services to patients. Mental health advocates pushed...

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