A comprehensive solution to mental illness is needed

  • Article by: LUCINDA JESSON
  • Updated: December 2, 2012 - 8:25 PM

Minnesota is making promising efforts, but simply adding beds isn't the answer.

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furguson11Dec. 2, 12 9:33 PM

"Some people don't get basic mental-health care in jail, or have trouble getting from a correctional setting to an appropriate mental-health facility" A fundamental question is why do the seriously mentally ill end up in a jail or correctional setting to begin with?

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gbill7Dec. 3, 12 5:27 AM

AND the mental-health professionals need to squarely face the damage they are doing to their patients with all the toxic drugs that are being handed out like candy! Symptoms made be lessened for awhile, but then some patients become psychotic or suicidal, or develop physical problems such as permanent liver damage. Drugging people is usually not the best route!

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jmusielewiczDec. 3, 12 7:49 AM

I stopped reading when it claimed 'langushing' in hospiutals and/or jails. I checked the statues high and low you better let them out and pay them for they are not 'responsible' for what they do since 'your' lifestyles are NO MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYONE ELSES!! It is illegal to 'hold' an 'innocent' person ANYWHERE in this country unless they have committed a 'crime' and you have court proveable 'evidence' and they have been 'sentenced'! If they 'ask' to be held is one thing..

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jmusielewiczDec. 3, 12 7:53 AM

Laws in any area are based on the COUNTRY the LAND they are NOT BASED on SOMEONES 'WHIM'!!

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jmusielewiczDec. 3, 12 7:58 AM

Third comment--when people go breaking the LAW and trying to create 'victims' by using people like the 'mentally ill' to to steal from them and others--its a SMALL WORLD when it comes to the LAW and EVERYONE gets CAUGHT!! Criminals always think 'nobody cares'. Boo hoo..

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sausageDec. 3, 12 9:55 AM

How about this "Modest Proposal": Go back to the roots of mental illness and special people. These people should have been "prevented". Perhaps selective prevention of possible defective genes should not be allowed to propagate. Pregnancy should be watched closer and when there is a chance of the defective DNA transmission to a offspring, then it should be stopped. There will be a time in the future when the normal being will be in the minority and then what do we do--love them to death?

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owatonnabillDec. 3, 1212:34 PM

" How about this "Modest Proposal": Go back to the roots of mental illness and special people. These people should have been "prevented". Perhaps selective prevention of possible defective genes should not be allowed to propagate. Pregnancy should be watched closer and when there is a chance of the defective DNA transmission to a offspring, then it should be stopped." ......................... Margaret Sanger would have been proud...

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crystalbayDec. 3, 1212:43 PM

I have a better idea: why not require that every couple planning on getting pregnant or already pregnant receive intensive parenting training? Let's start at birth with as many educated, prepared parents as possible. Virtually every criminal was shaped from early on by a toxic mix of family dynamics. Although a select category of mental illness is genetic, by far the preponderance of unacceptable outcomes is claimed by those who endured extremely unhealthy childhoods. Let's start with the parents-to-be and at least attempt to alter the trajectory into criminal behavior?

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arspartzDec. 3, 1212:47 PM

I agree. Part of this "comprehensive plan" has to include re-opening some institutions to house the mentally ill efficiently and safely rather than farming them out to "adult foster care" facilities in single family districts in the out-state.

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pitshooterDec. 3, 12 1:08 PM

"comprehensive plan" is code for it's gonna cost a lot of money and will never be fixed.

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