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Support Supervisor Mark Ridey-Thomas' Motion to Fund Mental Health Diversion from Jail to Community-Based Treatment
July 26, 2014 "Former San Francisco prosecutor Timothy Silard talks about a program, called Back on Track, that was one of the first re-entry programs in a District Attorney's Office. It would go on to become a national model, reducing re-offense rates from 53 percent to less than 10 percent while saving tax dollars
Felons turn to 'pardon guy' to verify that they're rehabilitated Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Times June 22, 2014
Around the Los Angeles County public defender's office where he works, Garbin is known as "the pardon guy," although it might be more accurate to call him the "certificate of rehabilitation guy."
A mental health jail is an oxymoron; diversion is what's needed Patrisse Cullors-Brignac and Diana Zuniga Pasadena Star-News June 24, 2014
Jails create and exacerbate mental health problems.
After years of advocacy on this issue, one lone supervisor has stepped up to suggest financially supporting District Attorney Jackie Lacey's plan to set up a comprehensive mental health diversion program in Los Angeles County. While other Supervisors gave the DA accolades for her work, only Mark Ridely -Thomas proposed the financial support that will be necessary to make these plans a reality.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' motion, read into the Board of Supervisors agenda on July 15th, needs three votes. Currently, a vote is planned for the BOS meeting on July 29, 2104.
The LARRP Policy & Advocacy Committee is urging your support for Supervisor Ridely-Thomas and this motion. We urge LARRP network members to write letters and call the offices of the other supervisors to confirm support for the motion and to write or call Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to thank him for his stand on this. A template letter with email addresses can be found here.
The motion asks that the County set aside $20 million dollars to fund diversion of people with mental illness away from jail and into community treatment. The motion was introduced immediately after the DA reported on the progress of her diversion working group. The motion is the first time that someone on the BOS has proposed actually dedicating money to diversion, which is an essential component of of a successful program.
Date: September 11th Location: Inglewood Community Church 742 N. LaBrea Avenue, Inglewood Registration: 9 a.m. Program: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Our September meeting will focus on exploring housing options and ways to access housing through the Coordinated Entry System. Read more.
LARRP's Committees & Work Groups meet monthly to address the broad scope of reentry issues. Contact email@example.com for more information. Policy & Advocacy - 3rd Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Community & Faith-Based Reentry Coalitions Network - 3rd Wednesday, 1 - 3 p. Housing Work Group - 3rd Wednesday, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Employment Work Group - 4th Thursday, 9 - 10:30 a.m. Pre-Release Planning Work Group - currently forming. Behavioral Health Work Group - currently forming.