Report 2019-119 Recommendation Responses

Report 2019-119: Lanterman-Petris-Short Act: California Has Not Ensured That Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses Receive Adequate Ongoing Care (Release Date: July 2020)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To better serve individuals who are among the most in need of critical, community-based treatment and services, the Legislature should amend state law to do the following:
Identify those who have left LPS Act holds and who experience serious mental illnesses as a population that MHSA funds must target.

Establish a goal in the MHSA of connecting all such individuals to the community-based programs and services that they would benefit from—such as assisted outpatient treatment—and require counties to fund efforts to link these individuals to those programs and services. The Legislature should also establish that a goal of providing those programs and services is to reduce the number of repeated involuntary holds or conservatorships that occur.

Specify that counties can use any portion of their MHSA funds for this purpose as long as they comply with other statutory and regulatory requirements.

Description of Legislative Action

As of September 28, 2020, the Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: October 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


All Recommendations in 2019-119