Friday, May 11, 2007

Answers are long overdue

Governor Kaine’s panel investigating the Virginia Tech tragedy began their work with questions for the mental health system. Diane Strickland, a retired Roanoke judge with extensive experience in mental health issues, laid out the questions, "We need to look into what changes need to be made to our commitment process. Who gets committed? How long? What are the terms for release in the community? Who monitors them? How do we know they are taking their medications?”

As Virginia families know far too well, answers to each of these questions are long overdue.

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