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Helping ER physicians help the mentally ill
Op-Ed by CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner, Capitol Weekly

California is long overdue to take steps, large and small, to address its homeless crisis. No other state has a problem of this magnitude; a problem that disproportionately affects the mentally ill. According to the office of Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, California accounts for 22 percent of the nation’s homeless total. That’s why the California Hospital Association has expressed its conceptual support for the “No Place Like Home” initiative, a package of bills drafted by de Leon and former Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, that would leverage Proposition 63 money to fund supportive housing for Californians who are homeless and suffering from mental illness.