Matthew Anderson, 28, was high functioning with proper care and medication. But when he was arrested for acting out due to his mental illness, the Siskiyou County Jail failed to provide him with the psychiatric care he needed and could not provide for himself. Despite a court order finding him incompetent for trial and requiring Napa State Hospital to admit and treat him, Napa State Hospital blatantly ingored that order. The Siskiyou County Jail left him in the hands of an unlicensed worker and a physician whose license had been suspended for much of his career. Deliberately indifferent to Matthew’s serious medical needs, the County and State allowed him to commit suicide in jail custody. To avoid a trial, Siskiyou County agreed to pay $1.2 Million, and the State of California paid $400K to Matthew’s mother. Matthew is greatly missed by his family.
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