FROM Carla Jacobs
Do Court-Ordered Mental Health Services Work? Laura’s Law was passed 12 years ago, named for a 19-year-old mental health worker shot by a patient in Nevada County. The core provision allows family members, treatment providers and law enforcement to seek court orders ordering mentally ill people to undergo treatment. So far, Nevada, Orange and San Francisco are the only counties to implement it. Tomorrow, the LA Supervisors may take a vote on adopting it here.
Law Enforcement in Orange County The City of Fullerton made international headlines in July, when a 37-year old homeless schizophrenic named Kelly Thomas died after a police beating. Yesterday, Republican District Attorney Tony Rackauckas made headlines of a different kind. He filed second-degree murder charges against Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos and accused both Ramos and his colleague, Corporal Jay Cicinelli, of involuntary manslaughter. We speak with the DA, Thomas' father and an advocate for the mentally ill.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?