Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Law enforcement fights for mentally ill

Law enforcement officers are consistently some of the strongest supporters of assisted outpatient treatment. They deal with the consequences of untreated severe mental illness every day, and recognize that AOT is a means for finally providing these individuals with the care they so desperately need.

In New Jersey, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police recently adopted a resolution calling for their state to adopt AOT - they are fighting to allow government to intervene to help someone before they are in a crisis situation and a response by law enforcement is required.