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LA County Mental Health Department to hold free programs on art’s healing power

LOS ANGELES >> May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is hosting a monthlong series of free community programs and events to highlight the healing power of art and connection for residents of all ages. The initiative, in its fourth year, is called WE RISE. Dr. Jonathan Sherin, who heads the Department of Mental Health underscored the importance of reaching out to others. “Connectedness is vital to mental health and wellbeing, more so now than ...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Los Angeles County, South Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Mental Health Awareness Month, Sherin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB

LA County to create team to track, prevent veteran suicides

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, May 4,to establish a review team to track veteran suicides in an attempt to provide more effective intervention. Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion, saying that despite already shocking numbers, they believe suicides among veterans are undercounted. “Most of us are aware that the statistic nationwide is an estimated 20 veterans a day die by suicide,” Barger said. “But this data is only reflective of nat...
Tags: Health, Home Depot, News, Suicide, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Orange County, Barger, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, state Department of Health, Sheila Kuehl

Mental health services to greet LA County students returning to campuses

As students come back to school campuses throughout Los Angeles County, they will be greeted by an assortment of mental health services and other new resources following a taxing year for everyone, based on a motion unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 20. The motion instructs the county’s director of mental health, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools and the L.A. County Office of Education, to address the mental health needs of students as they transi...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors, LA County, Department of Mental Health, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN

LA County moves forward on re-imagining 9-1-1 call-in system

Los Angeles County continued its push Tuesday to re-think the 9-1-1 system, propelled by a care-first, jails-last approach to emergency calls for service across the region. The Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the Department of Mental Health to begin identifying ways to shift mental-health crisis calls away from law enforcement and toward mental health services personnel. An actual new call system is not imminent. But the action Tuesday did set in motion the design of a new system that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors, LA County, Hahn, Janice Hahn, Briceno, Department of Mental Health, DMH

For LA County’s mobile mental-health teams, persistence is key to leading homeless to help

The woman known as Ms. Chevron has lived on a Los Angeles County  bus bench for nine years, which is why people just call her by the name of the gas station behind her. Wrapped up to her chin in jackets and blankets, her eyes shoot a fierce, hard stare straight ahead. Believed to be in her 70s, she won’t tell anyone her real name and doesn’t want anyone to tell her what to do or where to go. Department of Mental Health mobile triage team, Teresa Rivera, a psychiatric social worker, and Alexand...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, California, Senate, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, Bill, Local News, Chevron, Jason, Public Safety

Following LA County vote, legislation filed to amend state law to help ‘gravely disabled’ homeless

Two Los Angeles-area assemblymembers introduced legislation Wednesday to amend a state code to give providers more support if they determine a homeless individual who has a mental illness needs medical care. The introduction of AB 1971 comes a day after LA County leaders voted 4 to 1 to sponsor legislation that would allow social workers and members of law enforcement to determine if a homeless person is “gravely disabled” enough to be detained and taken into medical care. Currently, the state c...
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LA County leaders press forward to amend state law to help ‘gravely disabled’ homeless

The 80-pound homeless woman who lives on Skid Row has cancer. She also has been stabbed three times. But she can’t be taken to a hospital by social workers. Current state law says even if she’s been diagnosed with a mental illness and she doesn’t know she’s suffering, she has a right to refuse medical help. “Where do outreach and services end and intervention begin?” social worker Anthony Ruffin asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday during their weekly public meeting in downtown Los Angeles. “I...
Tags: Health, News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Board, Los Angeles County, National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI, Board of Supervisors, Barger, LA County, San Fernando Valley

More of LA County’s homeless are dying. Here’s why

The number of homeless people who died on Los Angeles County’s streets and shelters doubled in the last five years, rising to 831 deaths in 2017, according to a recent report. Cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, diabetes, cancer, cirrhosis, severe bacterial infections and other treatable conditions were all listed as causes of deaths reported by the Los Angeles County Office of Medical Examiner, and released last week by the county’s Department of Mental Health. The rise in deaths since 2013, wh...
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Mental Health Care in Massachusetts: Needs Rise While Spending Falls

What happens when society decides it will reimburse tens of thousands of dollars (or even hundreds of thousands) for a surgery that may offer only incremental improvements to a person’s health or longevity, but won’t spend thousands to help that person’s mental health? You get a second-class system of care. In America, we call this the mental health system, which is a separate and completely unequal player in the U.S. healthcare system. In fact, it is so dysfunctional and underfunded that Americ...
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