Worthy Read: Don’t Coerce The Mentally Ill Into Treatment

Don't Coerce The Mentally Ill Into Treatment

Don’t Coerce The Mentally Ill Into TreatmentTim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions, by By Leah Harris @ post-gazette.com

The Murphy proposal — included in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act — pressures states to divert more than $130 million to expand the use of “involuntary outpatient commitment” court orders that serve only to force people into the same service approaches that have already failed to help them. It was drafted in response to the Newtown school shooting tragedy, in which a mentally ill Adam Lanza killed 22 people and himself, although people with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence.

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