Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Legislature should override Bevin’s veto of mental health bill

The late Tim Morton with his mother Faye Morton who told the Associated Press, “I want so much for (Tim’s) life to have a meaning more than this story.” Change Mental Health Laws in Kentucky

Lawmakers should override Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of a bill allowing judges to order outpatient treatment for mental illness.

This humane option is available in almost every state and has long been sought by advocates for the mentally ill in Kentucky, including Kelly Gunning, whose adult son has bounced between psychiatric hospitals and jails. Despite her futile efforts to get him help — “we know when he is spiraling down” — he is in jail now. Under the delusion that his parents were conspiring against him, he violently assaulted them last year, using a rock as a weapon.

“Our son’s freedom was not protected — he’s in jail,” said Gunning, a leader of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Lexington and a supporter of Senate Bill 91, which lawmakers overwhelmingly approved only to be surprised by the veto.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/opinion/editorials/article141342993.html

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