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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.

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.

Scott Dekraai, Alleged Seal Beach Salon Shooter, Needed Laura's Law

DJ Jaffe | Posted 12.17.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

If media reports are true, Scott Dekraai had bipolar disorder, a history of violence, wouldn't stay on treatment, and was a perfect candidate for Laura's Law.

When The Mental Health System Fails, Police Step In

DJ Jaffe | Posted 10.04.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

In California, it is playing out with relentless familiarity: the death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police has led to the usual criticisms of the police and calls for better training and more compassion.