Criminal Justice System and Impact on Homeless

Task Force on Homelessness to Host Meeting

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) will host a community meeting to discuss: “The criminal justice system for people with mental health or substance-use disorders—What do we need to know about the options and consequences?”

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in the Palisades Library community room, 861 Alma Real.

The keynote speaker will be Veronica Calkins, the inpatient program manager, Office of Diversion and Reentry, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

The Office of Diversion was created by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in 2015 to develop and implement county-wide criminal justice diversion for persons with mental health and/or substance use disorders, including persons who are homeless. The programing is aimed at connecting clients to community-based treatment and housing and ending the cycle of incarceration.

Other speakers will be Santa Monica’s West Coast Care Director Ron Hooks and West Los Angeles Field & Community Affairs Deputy for Councilmember Mike Bonin, Jessica Salans.


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