California lawmakers are seeking to expand a decade-old law that lets counties pursue court-ordered mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own.
Members of several community groups raised concerns Thursday about the way the Berkeley Police Department handled an incident with a mentally ill man who died in a struggle with officers two weeks ago.
While much of the political debate nationally and here in the Bay Area is centering on gun control following last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the head of California’s State Senate wants the focus to shift towards mental health.
Contra Costa and Sacramento counties have been chosen to participate in a federal pilot program aimed at improving psychiatric services while reducing costs.
The man accused of killing a Berkeley hills man outside his home Saturday night is scheduled to make an appearance in court Wednesday. Berkeley police acknowledge that they did not immediately roll out to the 911 call at the home of 67-year-old Peter Cukor because they were gearing up for an occupy protest.
Police in Santa Clara County will soon receive training in how to recognize mental illness and learn strategies for handling people in crisis that do not involve using force.
One year after her murder at the hands of a 37-year-old psychotic patient, Donna Gross was honored Sunday on the grounds of Napa State Hospital – where she worked and where she died.
Davis Woo said he doesn’t know what caused his brother to fatally stab their mother before being shot dead by police in San Francisco’s Richmond District earlier this month.
The Oakland Police Department, in partnership with the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, hosted the first Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement officers this week. The first group of CIT trainees graduated on Thursday.
San Francisco police will be trained in crisis intervention techniques to improve how officers interact with mentally ill suspects, the Police Commission said Wednesday.