“Trying the case wasn’t the proper thing to do. I couldn’t ethically prosecute the case,” he said. Mentally Ill Defendant Puts State In a Bind What followed the prosecutor's ethical decision not to prosecute illustrates why states need to examine the intersection of the Olmstead Ruling and Criminal Justice (There is commentary on this issue … Continue reading Prosecutor Refuses to Put Mentally Ill Man on Trial
County Launches Program To Help SMI Detainees “Society has decided it’s cheaper to hold these people in jail than a mental health facility,” Judd said Friday. “It breaks my heart..."
This blogger happens to think that some commonsense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of people who have certain types of serious neuropsychiatric disorders would be prudent. The common good would also be better served if we would consider that guns don't have minds, they don't drive mass shootings, but they most … Continue reading Guns or Mental Illness, That is the Question.
The following linked-to article does a fairly good job of explaining clinical depression. Clinical Depression Is Not Sadness The reader should take note of how hard the writer had to work to explain what clinical depression is not - rather than what it is. Many an article attempts to clear up the misunderstanding but leaves … Continue reading Clinical Depression – Misunderstood
The title of this brief post is abstracted from the preface to a white paper produced by the Council of State Governments Justice Center. CSGJC is passively critical of the behavioral health community's tendency to distance themselves from the criminalized "4 percent", yet fails to recognize that their own positions (undergirded by controversial research studies), … Continue reading Behavioral Health Community: ‘Public Safety is Not Their Mission’, Really?
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/591e2496e4b07617ae4cbaac This article written by Julie A. Fast is one of the best articles on the web on the topic of suicide in severe mental illness. Ms. Fast is an expert in educating the public on Bipolar Disorder. ...About Ms. Fast's comment about why and how she escaped death in the moment of crisis: It … Continue reading Suicide in Serious Mental Illness is often “Accidental”
A link to the following essay was posted on the FB page of Families for Treatment of Serious Mental Illness months ago. Unfortunately, the horror this Pennsylvania family experienced is all too common, predictable, and avoidable. These tragedies are products of well-defined choices that legislators and agencies of government have made to drive people afflicted … Continue reading Tragedy By Choice – When Government Prefers to Punish Rather Than Protect