Thank you for your editorial. It has an excellent brief summary of the current situation and the Bronzan bill.
A great number of people in California are aware of the shortcoming concerning conditions that you mention. It was specifically excluded from the bill because of anticipated controversy due to the objections by "well-meaning" but uninformed patients' rights advocates who argue that a person has a constitutional right to refuse treatment, if he is not a danger to society at the time of his court appearance, regardless of his previous behavior, the habituality of his illness and the expected consequence of going without treatment.
They would rather have a mentally ill person confined as a felon, commit suicide, starve himself to death or wander around Skid Row, as many do, because the courts feel obliged to follow these misguided ideals.
These self-appointed advocates of free choice have been responsible for the "revolving-door" syndrome, which brings the same mentally ill back to court time and again.