Last month, California lawmakers unveiled SB 43, a bill that aims to expand the criteria by which individuals can be detained for mental health treatment. It would expand the definition of “gravely disabled” to make it easier to involuntarily detain people for forced treatment.
We, the staff of PEERS, stand in opposition to SB 43. We believe people should be free to choose among many mental health options that address their needs as a whole person.
That’s why we’ve joined a group of mental health organizations from across California in opposing this bill. The group, led by Disability Rights California, believes that the Legislature should invest in evidence-based, community-defined programs and services that are proven to meet the needs of Californians living with serious mental disabilities, including affordable, accessible housing with voluntary support services.
Together, we’ve submitted a letter to Senator Eggman, the author of SB 43, outlining the reasons we oppose this bill. Here is an excerpt from the letter:
The full letter goes into further detail into the reasons why we oppose SB 43. Read it in its entirety below.
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PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. We envision a world where people can freely choose among many mental health options that address the needs of the whole person.
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