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New Report Details Massive Misspending in California's Mental Health Services Act

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

In 2004, California voters enacted a 1 percent tax on millionaires to improve care for people with serious mental illness. It is no doubt some were helped. It is no doubt billions were wasted. These are just some of the findings in a new report.

Senator Steinberg Stands in Way of Laura's Law

DJ Jaffe | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco
DJ Jaffe

Laura's Law helps the most seriously mentally ill Californians: people who are so ill, they don't know they are ill and therefore won't accept voluntary treatment.

New California Bills Could Improve Treatment for Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.28.2013 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

California has two major laws that were specifically enacted to help persons with the most serious mental illnesses: Laura's Law and the Mental Health Services Act. Neither has worked as promised and on February 22, 2013, four new bills were introduced to fix them.

Mental Health Services Act Needs to Focus on Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

The chair of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission wrote an op-ed criticizing people who criticize how Mental Health Services Act funds are spent. He claims the program is working well. But it's not.