Legal aid protects Leslie's critical outpatient mental health services

In the spring of 2010, rumors were flying that Sacramento County planned to close successful nonprofit outpatient mental health clinics. Leslie Napper knew that without access to outpatient services, she was likely to end up hospitalized. She had already been there – prior to finding supportive and consistent clinic services, Leslie had bounced back and forth between hospitals and facilities. For more than a decade, Leslie had successfully lived in her own home and helped her elderly father, who depends on her for support, with mobility issues. Concerned, Leslie and others went to legal aid for help.

Legal aid programs and pro bono counsel stepped in to stop the cuts until the county could demonstrate that mental health recipients would receive the community-based services they needed to avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Through this quick work, legal aid helped all the people in Sacramento who rely on outpatient services, and their families, while also preventing unnecessary hospitalization costs. Donate now to help people like Leslie obtain critical legal aid.

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