Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Virginia is not alone in wrestling with the issue of mental illness in jails, to my knowledge, no state has solved the dilemma.”

The debate over the future of Virginia’s mental health system widened Friday to include treatment of mentally ill people in jails and long-term care of people with mental illness, not just response to psychiatric crises.
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, once again led the charge, warning a Senate committee that the deinstitutionalization of Virginia’s mental hospitals is turning into “the reinstitutionalization of the mentally ill in jails and prisons.”
Read the article here:  Va. mental health debate widens to long-term care - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia News

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