By Susan Abram

January 25, 2017


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to

sponsor state legislation to change a law that bars paramedics from taking

patients to mental health urgent care and sobering centers.


Under the law, which was branded as "outdated" by one county official,

paramedics are required to take patients with psychiatric needs only to

hospital emergency departments or 9-1-1 receiving units.