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Homeless Committee

A standing committee of the West Los Angeles Sawtelle.

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Members

Name Chair Board member Ratified
Jay Handal yes yes
Mollie Rudnick yes

Default agenda items

Items here will be added to the agenda when a meeting is created.
Heading Description Anticipated motion
Call to order
General Public Comment
Report on State of our District SLO Lavenson will report on issues of homelessness in our NC area
Discussion and possible motion regarding 5150 overhaul Discussion on how. to make the 5150 law. more effective for all 5150 Motion and background Motion to Facilitate Greater Use of 5150 Holds and Conservatorships Severely mentally ill persons in Los Angeles, who are unable to avail themselves of current public services, are dying on our streets. We demand the City of Los Angeles collaborate with the County of Los Angeles to fully utilize the Lanterman-Petrus-Short Act, including section 5150 and fast-track conservatorships of these individuals, to enable life-saving care. Further, we ask that the city add to its legislative program a demand that the State Legislature provide funds to the county to create as many fully-staffed psychiatric beds as necessary to properly house and treat these individuals. Report: The Lanterman–Petris–Short (LPS) Act (Cal. Welf & Inst. Code, sec. 5000 et seq.) regulates involuntary civil commitment to a mental health institution in the state of California. The act set the precedent for modern mental health commitment procedures in the United States. The bipartisan bill was co- authored by California State Assemblyman Frank D. Lanterman (R) and California State Senators Nicholas C. Petris (D) and Alan Short (D), and signed into law in 1967 by Governor Ronald Reagan. [1] The Act went into full effect on July 1, 1972. It cited seven articles of intent:  To end the inappropriate, indefinite, and involuntary commitment of mentally disordered persons, people with developmental disabilities, and persons impaired by chronic alcoholism, and to eliminate legal disabilities;  To provide prompt evaluation and treatment of persons with serious mental disorders or impaired by chronic alcoholism;  To guarantee and protect public safety;  To safeguard individual rights through judicial review;  To provide individualized treatment, supervision, and placement services by a conservatorship program for gravely disabled persons;  To encourage the full use of all existing agencies, professional personnel and public funds to accomplish these objectives and to prevent duplication of services and unnecessary expenditures;  To protect mentally disordered persons and developmentally disabled persons from criminal acts. As administered today in Los Angeles County, it does not adequately address the thousands of mentally ill homeless individuals languishing on public property throughout our communities. The three-day psychiatric holds that are permitted are employed only in the most extreme circumstances and are relatively useless in gaining the long-term psychiatric care that is often needed to improve patients’ mental and physical conditions. The longer conservatorships allowed under the Act are even more rare due to the severe lack of psychiatric beds. Los Angeles County only has 22.7 out of the recommended 50-per-100,000 mental health beds. (http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/131546.pdf, https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/storage/ documents/backgrounders/bed-supply-need-per-capita.pdf) Dr. Jonathan Sherin, of the County Department of Mental Health, in response to a motion in the LA Alliance case, identified the many deficiencies in the county’s mental health system, and recommended the county add an additional 500 beds. Of those 500 beds, the county has only added a little over 100. http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/132696.pdf. LA Alliance attorney Elizabeth Mitchell recently wrote: “If you talk to folks who run the county psych facilities, they will tell you horror stories about people sitting in emergency wards for months waiting for interim and long- term mental health beds, which means they have nowhere to put new patients in crisis, and literally have to turn away people being brought in on 5150 holds. Courts won’t conserve even desperate mental health patients because there’s nowhere to put them.”
Discussion of local issues for agenda at next meeting Open discussion to agendize items at future meetings
Committee Member Announcements
Adjournment

Agenda postscripts

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In conformity with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 (MARCH 17, 2020) and due to concerns over COVID-19, the West LA Sawtelle Neighborhood Council meeting will be conducted entirely telephonically. There are no documents associated with this meeting. Every person wishing to address the Neighborhood Council must dial (669) 900-6833, and enter 956-2167-8220 and then press # to join the meeting. Instructions on how to sign up for public comment will be given to listeners at the start of the meeting

All items on the agenda are subject to discussion, possible action and filing of a Community Impact Statement (CIS) to the Office of the City Clerk.

Reconsideration Process Reconsideration of a vote by the Board may be called as a motion by any Board member(s).

Grievance Process A stakeholder, or a group of stakeholders, any present a grievance concerning the legality of actions by the Board during public comment. Substantive grievances will be examined by a panel set by the Board, and the decisions may be appealed to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Public Access of Records In compliance with Government Code Section 54957.5, non-exempt writings that are distributed to a majority or all of the Board in advance of a meeting, may be reviewed at a scheduled meeting. In addition, if you would like a copy of any record related to an item on the Agenda, please contact the Board Secretary (Korie Schmidt, secretary@wlanc.com) or telephone support at 310-235-2070.

The West Los Angeles Sawtelle Neighborhood Council will hold its regular General Board meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month and its Executive Committee meetings to be announced, and may also call any additional required special meetings in accordance with its Bylaws and the Brown Act. The West Los Angeles Sawtelle Neighborhood Council complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and does not discriminate on the basis of any disability.

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Virtual Meeting Teleconferencing Number for Public Participation In conformity with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 (MARCH 17, 2020) and due to concerns over COVID-19, the West LA Sawtelle Neighborhood Council meeting will be conducted entirely telephonically. There are no documents associated with this meeting. Every person wishing to address the Neighborhood Council must dial (669) 900-6833, and enter 956-2167-8220 and then press # to join the meeting. Instructions on how to sign up for public comment will be given to listeners at the start of the meeting