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2014-08-15 16:24:10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a potentially precedent-setting ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court determined last week that psychiatric boarding -- the process by which patients are admitted to a hospital, but remain in the emergency department for hours, even days, until psychiatric beds become available -- is unconstitutional and violates the state's Involuntary Treatment Act. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20100616/DC22034LOGO-d Responding to this...

2014-02-11 23:21:50

Where a person lives should not determine the treatment he or she is able to receive, says the Treatment Advocacy Center. Arlington, Virginia (PRWEB) February 11, 2014 The majority of U.S. states are in need of significant improvements to their mental illness treatment laws to protect and provide for individuals in psychiatric crisis, according to a new study by the Treatment Advocacy Center. What’s more, most states grossly underuse the laws they have. "Mental Health Commitment...

2013-12-11 23:04:55

Legal reforms are a step in the right direction, but the system for providing timely and effective treatment to individuals with severe mental illness is still in tatters, says the Treatment Advocacy Center ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 In the year following the Dec. 14 mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, legislatures in nearly a dozen states showed newfound resolve to reform the public policies that leave their most severely ill residents without the care they...

2013-09-18 23:18:29

Aaron Alexis a “classic example” of what 50 years of failed mental illness treatment policy have produced, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. Arlington, Virginia (PRWEB) September 18, 2013 Shot by a man whose hallucinations were so serious he called police in terror barely a month ago, the 12 people killed last Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington are the latest victims of America’s failed mental health policies and civil commitment laws that need to be improved, the...

2012-09-13 23:00:29

Professor Thomas Szasz, iconic champion for liberty, pioneer in the fight against coercive psychiatry and co-founder of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, has passed away at the age of 92. Considered by many scholars and academics to be psychiatry´s most authoritative critic, Dr. Szasz authored hundreds of articles and more than 35 books on the subject, the first being The Myth of Mental Illness, a book which rocked the very foundations of psychiatry when published more than 50 years...

2011-01-10 14:35:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued the following statement by Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick discussing the Arizona tragedy and mental health care issues: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) NAMI is an organization of individuals and families whose lives have been deeply affected by mental illness. We share the sadness of other Americans over the Tucson, Arizona tragedy...

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2009-08-11 13:07:53

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill Tuesday allowing the mentally ill to be ordered into outpatient treatment against their will. The measure takes effect a year after signing and is to be phased in over the next three years, the governor's office said. The gradual introduction of involuntary commitment is to allow centers for outpatient treatment to be set up. Under current New Jersey state law, the mentally ill can only receive involuntary treatment at in-patient hospitals or clinics...

2008-07-18 06:00:49

By James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 18--State legislators voted today to prevent the purchase of guns by people who have been deemed dangerously mentally ill. The bill, which passed unanimously, is a response to the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007. It requires the state to report to an FBI database the names of people who are found by the court system to be so mentally ill that they pose a threat to themselves or to others. The database is used by gun sellers to...

2007-04-26 12:12:13

In the wake of last week's killing of 32 people at Virginia Tech University by shooter Seung-Hui Cho, and Cho's subsequent suicide, the debate has intensified on mental health commitment laws in Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere. Maryland and Virginia's laws on involuntary commitment of the mentally ill are among the strictest in the country, said Jonathan Stanley, assistant director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, an Arlington, Va.-based group that advocates for broader commitment laws....


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