Spe­cial ses­sion needed

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Home­less­ness con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor statewide prob­lem im­pact­ing the health and safety of our cit­i­zens. To use an anal­ogy, its as if the gov­er­nor, state leg­is­la­tors, may­ors, city coun­cil mem­bers and county su­per­vi­sors across the state are watch­ing the ham­ster wheel spin but not re­al­iz­ing that the ham­ster is dead.

Home­less­ness will only be erad­i­cated when there are man­dated ser­vices for the men­tally ill and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for sub­stance abusers.

Cur­rent law pro­vides County Pub­lic Health De­part­ments the le­gal ba­sis to close res­tau­rants, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties to pro­tect pub­lic health when pub­lic health is in dan­ger.

Cities and counties need to di­rect their lob­by­ists and their Con­tract Cities As­so­ci­a­tion, the League of Cal­i­for­nia Cities, the Cal­i­for­nia State As­so­ci­a­tion of Counties and the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia As­so­ci­a­tion of Govern­ment to de­mand Gov­er­nor New­som to con­vene a spe­cial ses­sion of the Leg­is­la­ture to pass leg­is­la­tion man­dat­ing med­i­cal treat­ment for the home­less men­tally ill and man­dated re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for sub­stance abusers liv­ing on the streets. This vi­tal ser­vice would be pro­vided through pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships.

The eco­nomic poor can be helped with hous­ing and job train­ing but men­tally ill and sub­stance abusers can only be helped by man­dated treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Hon. Michael D. Antonovich Glendale

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