Baca, Lee

Lee Baca is the sheriff of Los Angeles County.

Lee Baca and Charlie Beck: Restore Methadone Funding

By Lee Baca & Charlie Beck

The proposed state budget cuts $55 million out of the Medi-Cal methadone program for 35,000 individuals in California. It is tantamount to destroying the lives of 35,000 people, as well as having them return to addiction. The impacts are significant, and go beyond the patients themselves.

This particular initiative will result in the elimination of funding and the closure of drug treatment facilities. That will directly impact our county jails, our state prisons, parole and probation departments, as well as hospital emergency rooms and public health programs.