Los Angeles Allegedly Forces The Mentally Ill Through Bureaucratic Nightmare For Welfare

A lawsuit accuses Los Angeles County of making it too difficult for people with mental health issues to apply for a program called General Relief (GR), which is supposed to provide a $221 monthly stipend to all eligible Californians.

News Story (California)

Alan Pyke
November 19, 2015

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Mental Health

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)


Timothy Laraway, 57, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. As a destitute person in Los Angeles County, he’s entitled to get a subsistence benefit of $221 per month from the state’s General Relief (GR) system.

But Laraway’s best efforts to obtain that meager aid ran afoul of a complicated, stressful, exhausting bureaucratic process that stymies huge numbers of Angelenos with psychological issues from accessing GR, a new lawsuit alleges.