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Mitchell commends Alameda County on ending juvenile probation fees

April 07, 2016


Thousands of low-income Alameda County families will no longer have to pay juvenile probation and public defender fees. On March 29, 2016 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to impose an immediate moratorium on all fees charged to parents and guardians with children in the juvenile justice system.

Easter Seals 2016 Legislative Awardee: Holly J. Mitchell

March 14, 2016


California-based Easter Seals affiliates have named two Southern California Legislators as Legislative award honorees. State Senator Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, is a recipient of the Easter Seals 2016 Senate Leadership Award and Assembly Member Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, is a recipient of the Easter Seals 2016 Assembly Leadership Award. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, March 15, in Sacramento, at the organization's annual Legislative Awards.

Senator Mitchell Responds to Gov. Brown’s 2016 State of the State Address

January 22, 2016

LA Times: State lawmakers worry projected budget surplus saps effort to revise healthcare tax

December 04, 2015

One of healthcare advocates' unspoken fears is being voiced by state lawmakers who worry a projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus could weaken political resolve to revamp a soon-to-disappear tax that helps fund healthcare for low-income Californians.

"The lack of alarm is troubling," state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said at a Tuesday legislative hearing on the fate of California's managed care organizations, or MCO, tax.

San Jose Mercury News: New laws to restrict psychiatric drugs in California foster care.

October 07, 2015

Creating sweeping new protections for tens of thousands of California's most traumatized children, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's most comprehensive set of laws to curb the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs in foster care.  "The 'Drugging Our Kids' documentary put the state on notice," Mitchell said, "and Gov. Brown has now put the tools in our hands to ensure that foster kids in our care are not over-drugged for profit or convenience by those we pay to nurture and protect them."  Child welfare advocates cheered the long-awaited reforms inspired by this newspaper's ongoing investigation "Drugging Our Kids," which found almost 1 in 4 California foster teens receive psych medications.