District Attorney’s blueprint for mental health reform
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Supervisors recently agreed to create 24/7 crisis stabilization centers and bolster clinical resources and other tools to help those dealing with mental illness and addiction.
District Attorney Summer Stephan said the board’s action is a leap forward, advancing some of the concrete recommendations in the DA’s Blueprint for Mental Health Reform, which was released earlier this year.
“These next steps represent the start of a sea change in the way we approach this issue and will help keep people who are facing a mental health crisis from falling through the cracks,” said DA Stephan. “Mental health urgent care centers can provide a safe, effective and compassionate alternative to jail or a crowded emergency room for those in crisis, along with an after-care system that will continue to stabilize and support those individuals. It’s a ‘win-win’ when we can provide treatment and keep the community safe at the same time.”