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May 20, 2014


I appreciate you true story and i will do better to help more people. My boy friend is homeless and i bring him what i think he needs when i can. I always look for things his friends might need too.

Your post brought me to tears. You all are so compassionate and hard working on an issue that definitely is societal and communal. I wish the help needed would arrive faster. May you all be safe while working.

Thank you for this inspiring message. I know all too well the effects of what mental illness can do to an individual, their family, and the community. I witnessed my own mother struggle with her serious illness for years. Helplessly, I watched a thriving, and educated Triage Nurse deteriorate to nothing more than a homeless, confused, and erratic being. It was heart-breaking, and something I will never over come. Had my mother lived long enough for me to grow up, and become a responsible citizen, I would've been able to do so much more to help her. I've spoke with many family members of the mentally ill, and they all share many of the frustrations you have addressed in this blog. I encourage family members to step up a little higher to help in anyway they can to find treatment, and resources for their loved ones. I know how difficult this can be. But, who else will really help them like a family member would? I suspect Officer Joseph's dedication is rare among the many public servants for the mentally ill. America is by far, the guiltiest of taking the least care of their mentally I'll too. If you read about how other European countries address their mentally ill citizens, the programs, the treatment, and challenges, you will learn how far behind the United States is. We do NOT care or address the needs of the mentally ill in this country. Nobody wants to deal with these people, and it's very sad. I will make more of an effort to volunteer, and do what I can to memory of my mother. Thanks,

Never thought police officers thought that deeply on the issue. This is one of those moments when I am happy I am wrong. Great post. Long. But great.

There needs to be a coalition between HOMEOWNERS and LAPD on this issue. Frankly, we are the only ones with any vested interest in resolving this. If LAPD offered to host a conversation with RESIDENTS/HOMEOWNERS, we just might all find that we all have the same concerns, and could approach City Hall as a majority. I also look at the clearly mentally ill homeless and am terrified for how they WILL be victims of predators on these streets. It is absolutely shameful for us to allow people who are not able to make rational decisions to live this way. Academics and NGO's can live in their idealistic dreamworlds, but here in the real world, it is simply wrong to not get these people into some sort of treatment, whether they want it or not. There was $73M allocated to LAHSA this year. Where is my tax money going?

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