Friday, April 18, 2014

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center
April 14 - April 18, 2014
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"Mental Health Care in the U.S. Needs a Check-Up" 
The Washington Post became the second national newspaper to come out in support of the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” in an editorial that says the changes in Rep. Tim Murphy’s bill “would help relieve a lot of suffering that does not make the front page." 

Please send a letter to Post’s editors in support of their position.

"I Thought He Was Safe, That Was a Mistake" 
When Bill O’Quin called the police to warn them that his 41-year-old paranoid schizophrenic son, David, was wandering the streets one night in February 2013, he had no idea the arrest would ultimately lead to David’s death in a Louisiana prison.

"My Son Needs AOT" - personally speaking
"My 39-year-old son was diagnosed with schizophrenia 13 years ago," writes a supporter from Connecticut. "It started with various pains throughout his body. All we are looking for is a law that helps people with severe mental illness who need guidance when they stop taking their medication and start to decompensate." READ IT ALL....

"Recommendations for Improving Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates"
All recommendations for improving the situation begin with the general premise that individuals with severe mental disorders who are in need of treatment belong in hospitals, not in prisons and jails. READ IT ALL....

A big thank-you to Joanna Taylor, whose letter to the editor was published in the Albuquerque Journal.

If you have a letter or commentary published, please email a link or a copy so we can save it, acknowledge your reform efforts and share it with others.

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