Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Grading the States: New Mexico, C-

NAMI today released a state-by-state report card called “Grading the States.” It shows that most states are dramatically failing those with mental illnesses.

Initial reaction from U.S. Senator Pete Domenici on New Mexico’s dismal C minus:

"While our efforts so far have raised public awareness about mental health issues, it's clear that more needs to be done."

Domenici said the [New Mexico] Legislature should have passed Kendra's Law to allow a patient's family or doctors to obtain a court order requiring the patient to get treatment. The law is named for Kendra Webdale, a New Yorker killed by a schizophrenic.

Read Domenici's earlier statement on Kendra's Law.

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