Thursday, May 04, 2006

Swing the pendulum back to center

From blogger Dan Morgan

The pendulum has swung way too far in the direction of just letting deranged people roam the streets in a pathetic state. It is not right to let people, in the name of freedom, be utterly neglected. And it is not fair to burden families with this by taking away channels to force treatment if a family member refuses it because they have gone insane.

And it is not healthy for society to have mentally ill citizens neglected, filthy, vulnerable to crime, and living on the streets eating out of garbage cans.

The bottom line is that we need to start committing people again and forcing them to get treatment. Between a judge, a panel of experts, and family members – the courts should be able to have a mechanism to quickly get an outpatient commitment for
someone in a delusional state.