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State needs to overhaul its dated mental health law
Sacramento Bee

Mental health advocates are preparing to press lawmakers to overhaul the 45-year-old law governing mental health care in California. Their important undertaking ought to be taken seriously by legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown.

All too often, the issue of untreated severe mental illness grabs headlines when a psychotic person senselessly kills someone or is tragically killed. Far more commonly, the problem is ignored, manifesting itself as it does in homelessness, suicide, early death and petty crime.