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Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.

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.

Department of Justice Finds New Program Reduces Violence by Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.27.2012 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Historically, many mental health departments like California and New York elected to require psychotic individuals who don't recognize they are ill to become "danger to self or others" or "gravely disabled" before offering 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.

Report: Laura's Law Works for Mentally Ill Los Angelenos

DJ Jaffe | Posted 02.15.2012 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

A little noted Laura's Law Progress Report quietly filed by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health earlier this year shows Laura's Law has reduced the incarceration and hospitalization of people with severe mental illness.

San Francisco Mayoral Candidates and Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 12.26.2011 | San Francisco
DJ Jaffe

The SF Chronicle asked the mayoral candidates whether or not they support Laura's Law.

Orange County Supervisors Misled by Health Care Agency on Laura's Law

DJ Jaffe | Posted 12.24.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

Misinforming the Board of Supervisors could be deadly for two groups of Orange County residents: those with severe mental illness and those without.

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.

10 Years After Laura Wilcox Murder, California Still Refuses to Use Law That Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Helps Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

The reason Laura's Law isn't working is that the state legislature passed the law but refused to see it gets used.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention from Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Whether one believes that there is stigma to being mentally ill; or discrimination against the mentally ill, the answer remains the same: let's help the most seriously ill.

People With Mental Illness Shunned by Alternatives 2010 Conference in Anaheim

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

During the first week of October, mental health advocates around the country will gather to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week by shunning the seriously mentally ill.

Treat dangerous schizophrenia, the same way we treat TB.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

According to Amenoma Hartocollis of the New York Times, New York City tightened their rules for monitoring discharged patients with tuberculosis becau...

NYS Senate voted today to not help mentally ill, not keep public safer and not save money

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

As part of the budget non-process, the NYS Senate today voted not to make Kendra's Law permanent and not to improve it. That means they voted not to h...

Schizophrenic Does Not Mean Violent

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

I was once diagnosed a schizophrenic, and though my psychosis was so severe I thought my now wife was an alien or a CIA spy, I must emphasize that I was never a threat to anyone but myself.

New Report: It's Now a Crime to be Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
DJ Jaffe

A report in today's USA Today by the nation's most reputable mental illness researcher, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey shows that in the United States, you are ...