AB 1971: Mental health services: involuntary detention:
gravely disabled.

STATUS: AB 1971 STATUS: SB 906 WAS SENT TO THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SUSPENSE FILE ON 8/6/2018, THE BILL IS SET ASIDE FOR A LATER HEARING DATE (TO BE DETERMINED).

SB 1971 would expand that definition of “gravely disabled” (A condition in which a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is unable to provide for his or her basic personal needs for food, clothing, or shelter) to also include an inability to provide for one's medical treatment. The bill has been amended to apply only to Los Angeles County as part of a pilot program. 

 

WRITE

Once a bill passes out of committee, it moves to the floor where the author of the bill can bring it up for a vote. Letting your representative know how you feel about the bill is an important advocacy action to inform how representative votes on a bill on the floor. 

Write your representative to let him or her know that you and your affiliate support SB 1971. To create a letter, use the below template, or write your own. Send letters to advocacy@namica.org and our team will make sure it gets to the right place. 

AB 1971 Support Letter for Organizations

AB 1971 Support Letter for Individuals

ATTEND

Show your support by attending the hearing. If you can't attend, follow this link to get a live webcast of the hearing! (click here)

EDUCATE

Review the Bill. Being informed on a bill before speaking to a representative is very important so you can get your point across in the best way possible.

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