After many crimes have been committed by people who were mentally ill, families stated that no matter how hard they tried to get help for that person, the system failed them. There have to be regulations/laws in place to force entities, whether insurance companies or Adult Protection or other health care facilities–to provide the help needed when families beg for help for their mentally ill loved one. We can’t let these people fall through the cracks and then go out and shoot a room full of children, or a theater full of people. (I’m just using those as examples).
So many times families have asked everywhere for help and none exists. I noted that the Denver police now take a mental health staff person along on some calls to assist. There should be much more funding for this type of thing–and mentally ill people who are in jails should be getting mental health care in appropriate facilities, not languishing in jails, or getting out and killlng people or dying in the street.
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