Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bottom Line: Kendra's Law Will Save Lives in New Mexico

The New York Times covers the battle for reform in New Mexico today:

Across the country, proponents have pushed the laws as a pragmatic approach to the mentally ill who fall through the cracks of the mental health system, particularly those who have committed no crime but could harm themselves or others as their sickness worsens. These mentally ill people often do not need to be in a hospital, but do need to stick to treatment, which could include medication, therapy or both.

And you have to ask yourself - who knows better if Kendra's Law is working in New York than the New York Office of Mental Health?
… the success of Kendra’s Law in New York has been undeniable and well-documented by statewide data …
TAC executive director Mary Zdanowicz wants to make sure that New Mexicans know that Kendra's Law will save lives :
Kendra’s Law will improve the quality of life for a small group of New Mexicans with the most severe mental illnesses. Don’t ignore the research and science in favor of emotion. These laws save lives. Let’s work together to ensure there is no discrimination against those who are the sickest – and that they have the true civil right to be free of psychosis.