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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
 
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Western Center's State Budget Bulletin - May 14, 2015
05/14/2015
Legislative Blog

State Budget Bulletin: Governor's Budget Takes Some Steps to Reduce Poverty But Falls Short of a Co... Read More..


Not Just a Ferguson Problem - How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California
04/08/2015
In the News

  Low-income Californians are being disproportionately impacted by state laws and procedures relate... Read More..


California’s lifetime ban on food assistance and public benefits for people convicted of a drug felony lifted on April 1, 2015
04/01/2015
Success Stories

  On April 1st, California’s repeal of a 17 year old law, banning food and basic needs assistance... Read More..


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Thousands of Sacramento County Mental Health Clients Benefit From Settlement
01/24/2012

The settlement of Napper v. Sacramento County ensures that some 5,000 adults with significant psychiatric disabilities will continue to receive outpatient services from their current providers. Read more...


The settlement of Napper v. Sacramento County ensures that some 5,000 adults with significant psychiatric disabilities will continue to receive outpatient services from their current providers. The case was brought by Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP), Disability Rights California (DRC), and Cooley LLP in May 2010 after Sacramento County announced its plans to open new clinics staffed by County employees, to replace centers that have been providing these services successfully for 15 years.  The centers are run by nonprofit providers under competitively bid contracts. 
 
In response to this suit, in July 2010 the court stopped the cuts in recognition that the abrupt reduction of services without an adequate plan for transition was likely to endanger the mental health of clients.  In violation of the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, these actions would place clients at risk of hospitalization and inpatient placement.  Sacramento County appointed an expert on mental health practices, whose report, issued on May 10, 2011, outlines the value of continuity of care in creating bonds of trust between health care providers and people with experience in managing their mental health conditions to avoid crises. (Read Callahan report here:
http://www.sacdhhs.com/cms/download/pdfs/MHA/Independent_Expert_Review_Final_Report--Sacramento_Adult_Mental_Health_Services_05-10-11REV.pdf)
 
As part of the settlement, the County of Sacramento has agreed that no later than December 31, 2012, it will develop a plans for providing a continuum of care throughout its adult outpatient mental health system and  for consolidating the two County outpatient clinics.  In addition, by this date the County must decide whether to revise its adult outpatient mental health system.  It must consider: modifying its intake system to allow existing providers to conduct intakes, increasing use of the Wellness and Recovery model, increasing use of peer staffing/volunteers, increasing collaboration between outpatient and inpatient mental health providers and developing  a 24-hour welcoming line or "warm line" staffed by individuals with lived experience.

 


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