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LA Times To Be Commended on Their “Homeless” Articles; Wednesday’s Mental Institution Closure — Lanterman Told Audet He later Regretted His Legislation

The Venice Update commends the LA Times for their in-depth, subject-summary articles on the homeless. The LA Times has had an article a day regarding the homeless for at least two weeks, maybe a month.

Wednesday the Times had a summary article regarding the mentally ill. The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, signed in 1967 and effective 1 July 1972, was the act that set the precedent for modern mental health commitment procedures in the United States.

According to the superior court of California, County of Los Angeles Mental Health page, the intent of the bill was to end “the inappropriate, indefinite, and involuntary commitment of persons with mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, and chronic alcoholism, and to eliminate legal disabilities.”

DeDe Audet during the days of the Marina Bypass was sent by neighbors to Sacramento to see what she could do to stop the bypass. She was discouraged and about to leave town, as she told this writer, but then she bumped into Frank Lanterman. He asked her to step into his office.

She talked about the bypass and he said he understood and would do what he could to stop it. This he did; it was stopped.

Lanterman then talked about the mental health bill that he had authored and helped get passed. At the time he talked to Audet, he had regrets because the mental health bill was predicated on the fact that people had access to pills to stop many of the mental disorders that put them in mental institutions, but he said he never imagined, or did others, that people would not take the medication.

DeDe Audet is retired and living in a home in Mar Vista. She was president of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Comment (1)

  1. In San Jose, where I lived a long time, they keep closing bookstores and opening massage parlors and pot clubs. Homeless everywhere, very depressing. This is because the population resembles something from the film Idiocracy. California continues to grow more and more urban (rot), as compared to how I remember it when I was young. It seems like many in California only read what they are assigned in school, and learn just enough to H1B Visa as an engineer for big tech, or on the contrary just enough to learn how to apply for welfare. {Socialism + 50k homeless in L.A. alone +and 1/4 of the nations homeless, + lowest standard of living per capita + highest cost of living + highest taxes = California}

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