To the Readers' Forum:
Kendra's Law sounds good but it is hard to implement. Where do you look to find the mental patients who are getting worse but are not getting treatment? How do you give them assisted outpatient treatment when these agencies and clinics are very understaffed and few and far in between, as mentioned in a recent front page of The Post-Journal?
How long do mental patients have to endure treatment or bad medication or incarceration before they are well? Are they ever well or does the list of patients just grow longer and longer, and, how will this be funded? What if all these people have no insurance or are poor? Shall we spend money building hospitals for the dangerous mentally ill? Is a person always dangerous or can they be well before or after being in a bad mood swing? Where will we get the number of doctors and nurses, aides and counselors that we need? There aren't enough.
Some mentally ill get their diagnosis changed as medicine works or fails. Whom will we choose to punish with treatment? After treatment may will be declared well, then decompensate over time without ongoing treatment. Isolation,unemployment, bad health, bad medication, all contribute. How will we know which pill to prescribe? Right now it is trial and error.
Are politicians equipped with the education to sort out these problems? They seem to be scared of almost all mental patients, when these poor people often are meek and mild.
Good luck with Kendra's Law.
Patricia E. Moniot