Mental Health -- actual steps done in your state?

Mental Health -- actual steps done in your state?

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    Question Mental Health -- actual steps done in your state?

    Am wondering about the current state of mental health handling across the USA. Evaluation, treatment, follow-up, places to get "fixed" (sanitoria), standard protocols for getting folks into the system and getting them help they need, or merely blind criminalization without any actual attempt at treatment/correction. Let's not focus on the petty stuff. Let's focus, instead, on the cases in which a person is actually a threat to others.

    If you know ... what's done in your own state? What are the protocols? How is it funded? Is it effective? Are there holes in the system (if "system" is what it can be called)? What would you recommend be done differently, to improve the lot of those truly in need of psych assistance?



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    Well, since it's not against the law to have mental health, not much. They used to be institutionalized, but since the law was passed years ago, all that can be done is arrest them when they cause issue or break petty laws, and a judge will order an eval at the state MH hospital. They keep then there a few days, get them on their meds, then are released until they get picked up again next week.
    It's a revolving door. Not a damn thing you can do about them till they cause issues, which they always do.
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    Check this out as an example. He is a mental health person.
    Most-arrested man to face judge, friends hope for 'Christmas miracle' - CNN.com
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    Maybe if we committed most of our politicians, we wouldn't have a mental health problem in this country.
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    Well, last year several antis proposed a bill that anyone who had seen a mental health professional for any reason would be barred from possessing a firearm...

    Other than that, I don't know what my state has done.
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