SB 640 - Failing: California's mental health system leaves many behind, CALmatters

Thursday, August 8, 2019

SB 640 would clarify the definition of ‘gravely disabled’ to align it with the original intent of the LPS Act. If an individual, as a result of a mental health disorder, is incapable of making informed decisions about their own personal wellbeing, there should be better metrics to help those who are simply incapable of helping themselves. This is especially important when the absence of significant supervision and assistance puts the individual at risk of substantial bodily harm. This failure has converted our jails and prisons into makeshift mental institutions, and left a high number of seriously mentally ill homeless individuals with no means of treatment or care. Failed in Senate Health Committee. Bill page.