Thursday, August 30, 2007

Everyone failed Cho: VA Tech panel calls for better commitment law

What happened to keep Seung Hui Cho from getting needed treatment and at what point could the Virginia Tech massacre have been prevented? The state-appointed panel charged with answering those questions released its report today, stating in part that “The Virginia standard for involuntary commitment is one of the most restrictive in the nation and is not uniformly applied.”

The report details Cho's mental health history and the many lost opportunities to help him, and makes recommendations to improve Virginia’s restrictive mental health treatment law.

The scope and extent of how Cho was ultimately failed by every facet of the system is stunning. Read TAC's press release on the report.

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