Mental Health Day is a daily reality for members of Anaheim PD’s PERT

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It’s 7 a.m. on a recent weekday, and three members on a specialized Anaheim PD unit already have their hands full. But when your job is to help the mentally ill, that’s the norm. Faced with a shortage of mental health beds, the influx of more offenders on the street due to legislation such as Prop. 47 — which converted nonviolent offenses such as drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors – along with a chronic housing shortage, Orange County law enforcement agencies increasingly are responding to calls involving the mentally ill, many of them homeless. One of the…


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