Saturday, January 18, 2014
Roanoke Times gets it right. Listen up, Knoxville:
"Finally, the inspector general encourages localities to place a greater focus on safety and treatment of mentally ill inmates when they construct new jails or renovate existing ones. That's a sad acknowledgement that thousands of men and women will continue to struggle with the pain and terror of mental illness from behind bars for the foreseeable future.
It's also an acknowledgement that as long as state leaders refuse to do their jobs, sheriffs whose job duties aren't supposed to include psychiatric care will continue to shoulder that responsibility."Read the entire editorial here: Our view: Mental illness is not a crime - Roanoke Times: Editorials
Posted by Karen Easter, Mental Health Advocate for Assisted Outpatient Treatment at 2:44 PM