Because Maryland and Tennessee are two of only 5 states in the nation without Assisted Outpatient Treatment laws on the books.
"Understanding that the seriously mentally ill cannot make reasonable decisions and choices for themselves is an important first step. It is critical for lawmakers to know that many of us desperately want to get a loved one evaluated and potentially hospitalized before something worse happens, but the laws stand in our way."Read her entire letter here:
Laws surrounding mental illness make it harder for victims to get treatment