By Times Editorial Board
September 10, 2018
Like much of the rest of the nation, California went only halfway toward
keeping its promise to improve mental health care. It closed psychiatric
hospitals, some of which were really just costly warehouses for the sick
rather than modern medical facilities offering effective treatment. But the
state didn't follow through on its commitment to provide better
alternatives, like community-based clinics that deliver the treatment and
services needed to integrate patients into society, working and living
independently where possible.
We can see the result of those half-measures every day. About a third of
homeless people in Los Angeles and across the country are on the street
because of untreated mental illnesses that prevent them from staying housed
or holding down a job.