By Melissa Etehad

January 30, 2018

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday that

asks California lawmakers to change the way the state defines "grave

disability" in order to give officials more power to forcibly treat mentally

ill homeless people.

The motion comes amid concern about the growing number of deaths of the

homeless in L.A. County. According to data from the Los Angeles County

coroner's office, 831 homeless people died in 2017, compared with 458 in

2013.