The profile of San Diego County's mental health director was well-written by Mr. Daniel M. Weintraub. The future of our mental health delivery system is in jeopardy.
California's system design, which allows 58 counties significant authority in types and implementation schedules of services, in my opinion, violates the equal protection rights of mentally disordered adults. The state Department of Mental Health should administer services, which would eliminate the use of two costly government bureaucracies overseeing the same delivery system, insure consistency in quality and implementation of new services by standardized management, and protect consumers and consumer advocates from being shuffled back and forth from state to county, as each administrative unit blames the other for deficiencies.
Supervisor George F. Bailey is right to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of equity funding for San Diego County. Someone needs to pursue the constitutional rights of mentally disabled adults in San Diego County to receive equal treatment by availability of service, as is provided to mentally disabled adults in other counties. Those counties have been providing services funded under Assemblyman Bronzan's homeless legislation and the supplemental funding for community care home services for several months, while San Diego County administrators find several excuses for not implementing these same services.