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Metro Digest

Local News in Brief : Grant to Aid Mentally Ill

February 25, 1988

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will use a $582,000 private grant to identify mentally ill people facing jail sentences and divert them from incarceration into mental health and support services.

The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Mental Health Services Program, the nation's largest health care philanthropy, will serve 2,000 city residents with chronic mental illness, according to foundation officials. The Los Angeles project is one of five nationwide selected for funding.

"We selected projects that help seriously mentally ill people find solutions to such basic problems as homelessness, illness, unemployment and inappropriate incarceration," said Dr. Leighton E. Cluff, the foundation's president.

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