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December 2018 News Listing

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom has an opportunity to adopt bold policies to increase mental health care and access to it. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

By overwhelmingly approving Proposition 2 at the polls last month, Californians have told us enhancing mental health care and preventing homelessness rank as top priorities for legislators and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. With $2 billion in new annual funding now available, voters expect action from the new governor and lawmakers. At the State Capitol, mental health more

Judge finds BART stabbing suspect incompetent to stand trial

An Alameda County Superior Court judge today suspended criminal proceedings against a transient charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART station in July, saying he finds there is “substantial evidence” the man is mentally incompetent to stand trial. After making that ruling, Judge James Cramer said he more

Will your therapist go on strike? 4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente

Thousands of psychologists, therapists, social workers and psychiatric nurses will begin a five-day strike Monday against Kaiser Permanente at more than 100 facilities across California, demanding one of the nation’s largest non-profit HMOs devote more resources to mental health services. The shortage of mental health professionals is a growing problem nationwide. “These clinicians are making timely more