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Jocelyn Wiener

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Jocelyn Wiener is an award-winning independent journalist based in Oakland, who has written for years about health and mental health in California. She is a regular contributor to CALmatters, and also writes for a variety of other state and national publications. Her work can be found at jocelynwiener.com

In California, geography creates significant barriers for people seeking early psychosis intervention and other treatment, because its 58 counties have 58 different public mental health programs, each with their own…

With fresh political attention on mental health, advocates are hoping California embraces humane and effective ways of averting some problems and solving others.

This summer, Tom Gray will lose his home. A slim man with hunched shoulders and a halting voice, Gray, 72, has schizophrenia. Before he landed in Carmen Palarca’s board-and-care home 11 years ago,...

Elizabeth Brown’s bedroom holds a trove of evidence of her fight to save herself. Preserved among the Twilight novels, the posters of Korean pop singers and cameras she used for her budding...

In the past five years, the number of people in California deemed incompetent to stand trial and referred by a judge to state hospitals for treatment has soared—but there are…

The Legislature's struggle this year to pass even one partial solution to untreated mental illness illustrates the complex philosophical, legal and ethical questions that surround conservatorship in California.

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