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1200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tel: (213) 481-7464
Fax: (213) 481-7147

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Children's Clinic M-F 9am-5pm
(213) 482-9400

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(213) 481-4260

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(213) 482-9400

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Adult Clinic M-F 8am-7:30pm
(213) 481-1347

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(213) 481-1792

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Living Schizophrenic on the Streets

The story about the recent death of Kelly Thomas — a homeless, schizophrenic man in Fullerton, California — has raised many issues, not the least of which is how best to care for the homeless, mentally ill  adults living in our community. It is reported that Thomas refused to take medication for his illness, which is his civil right.

But, what happens when an individual wants to get help, and can’t because of funding cuts for mental health services? Not all schizophrenics are dangerous; but those that are – and are willing to seek treatment — should not be turned away. Amanecer’s Adult Mental Health Clinic sees individuals like Kelly Thomas every day.  Whether struggling with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder or another debilitating mental illness, when these individuals go off their medication, their quality of life diminishes. They become a burden to their families and the community and, in some cases, can pose a danger to themselves or others. They need access to the kind of care that Amanecer provides. Funding cuts for mental health services are inevitable.

During the past two years, Amanecer experienced a significant decrease in funding from both the State and County. And, more cuts are on the way. Cuts that not only will impact the lives of homeless adults, whose daily struggle for survival is challenged by mental illness – but the lives of countless family members, as well.

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