Psychiatrists for the State of California classified the entire population of the state as mentally disabled in 2017 to end the abuse of disabled parking placards. Today, those same psychiatrists are warning that a “tsunami” of mental illness could push the number of mentally ill residents to 150%.
“When Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 101 into law in 2017, it immediately removed the stigma of being disabled because everyone was disabled,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom.
When signing the bill, Gov. Brown said, “First, when everyone is disabled no one is disabled, so it removes the stigma of being disabled. Second, every parking spot in California will now be accessible by disabled drivers, instead of just a select few. That’s a huge win for fairness.”
Gov. Newsom is worried about what happens when more than 100% of our friends and neighbors are disabled, and mental health care professionals say California is in uncharted territory. Nobody is getting the support they need because of school closures, self-isolation and fear of hospitals, experts say.
“My plan is to embrace the opposite of Jerry Brown’s mantra: if nobody has brain health then everybody has brain health,” Newsom said. “The California Dream is for all, and that should include 150% of all California residents.”
If Donald Trump wins the November election, experts think the number of mentally ill California residents could exceed 150%.