Senate Bill 640 -- Mental Health Services: Gravely Disabled

February 26, 2019

Senator Moorlach presents SB 640 in Senate Health Committee, Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Summary:

Senate 640 seeks to update the definition of “gravely disabled” to include those that are gravely incapable of making informed decisions about, or provide for, their own basic personal needs for food, clothing, shelter, or medical care without significant supervision and assistance from another person and, as a result of being incapable of making these informed decisions, are at risk of substantial bodily harm, dangerous worsening of a concomitant serious physical illness, significant psychiatric deterioration, or mismanagement of their essential needs that could result in bodily harm.

Articles:

My patient was homeless. I knew she was going to die, but my hands were tied, Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2019

Housing alone won’t solve homelessness. Let’s rethink how we treat mentally ill, The Sacramento Bee, April 13, 2019

All too often, California’s default mental institutions are now jails and prisons, CALmatters, February 4, 2019

Contact:

Megan De Sousa, (916) 651-4037
Megan.DeSousa@sen.ca.gov