Saturday, August 27, 2016
"Stalans had been flagged by police as dangerous, based on the orders of protection in Sullivan County, the sheriff said. Details from the orders — one obtained by his ex-wife and another by his daughter — describe a man with potential mental illness, suicidal thoughts and a history of physical abuse toward his family. Rebecca Stalans, mother of his three daughters, also said he had many guns." IF ONLY Mr. Stalan's family could have petitioned for court ordered treatment of his mental illness when they first noticed signs of deterioration ... but in Tennessee, we don't have an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) law to allow family members to intervene. We need this law! #AOT4TN Slain Officer Ambushed by Man with Lengthy History of Mental Illness & Violence toward his Family
Posted by Karen Easter, advocate #TB4T at 7:55 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2016
"This week, I have seen 12 individuals who needed care at Moccasin Bend [the state mental health facility], but they can't get in, so we try to keep them in a jail cell. Some are dangerous, some have committed stabbings or robberies, but most often they have mental health issues entwined with drugs and alcohol." - Judge Gary Starnes, who backed the project, said too many people he sees in his courtroom have significant mental health issues but no place to go for treatment. Read here: 88 BEDS INSTEAD OF JAIL
Posted by Karen Easter, advocate #TB4T at 8:09 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2016
This article describes what AOT could look like in our own community: compassionate care of Tennessee's neediest, sickest citizens. I witnessed this firsthand last night under the I-40 bridge in Knoxville, feeding our homeless neighbors. Out of 200, probably 3/4 had notable mental illness. AOT could help them. Tennesseans, we need an AOT law! Tennessee remains as one of only 4 states in our nation without AOT on the books.
Posted by Karen Easter, advocate #TB4T at 9:46 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mayor Burchett sounds off, and rightly so. Mayor Burchett angry at states failure to help mentally ill.
Posted by Karen Easter, advocate #TB4T at 7:41 AM
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Four years ago MANY advocates, including myself, attended local meetings to oppose Lakeshore's closure and we are still out here advocating for changes in TN law that would allow timely, effective treatment for the seriously mentally ill. NOTHING HAS CHANGED ... except now our Knox Co and Knoxville leaders are seeing the consequences of closing our only regional psychiatric hospital and realizing it was a BIG MISTAKE to do so!
Posted by Karen Easter, advocate #TB4T at 7:50 AM