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Forced Treatment Law in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phil Lubitz, director of Advocacy Programs a the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Jersey, discusses his support for the law signed by Gov. Corzine Tuesday to allow forced treatment for mental illness in some cases.

Guests:

Phil Lubitz

Comments [4]

GARY from QUEENS

If you want to read a responsible critique of the healthcare legislation, go here:

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/what-the-health-care-bill-actually-says

But if you want to see people shouting at legislators, continue to watch cable news and broadcast news networks.

It's that simple.

Aug. 12 2009 01:43 PM
uos from queens

they should implement this program where ever glenn beck is living.. he's been sucking hard on the crazy juice

Aug. 12 2009 10:21 AM
Millie Niss from North Tonawanda, NY

I worked at a supervised housing program as a residential counselor, distributing medications (among other duties) in NYC soon after New York's outpatient committment law, known as Kendra's Law, was enacted. My experience and that of my supervisors was that the law did not help. The house I worked with had one client under the law, and all it allowed us to do was rehospitalize the client when he didn't take his meds. However, the hospitalizations were not usually useful so the social workers eventually stopped using the provisions of Kendra's Law. All the law did was make the client feel oppressed without providing any help. What was needed was a residential facility more suited to that client's needs. In particular, the client in question had drug and alcohol problems in addition to schizophrenia, and our program was better for people who were more able to take responsibility for themselves.

Aug. 12 2009 10:18 AM
the truth from bkny

I am very curious about how they plan to carry this one out. If you are talking about taking people from the street to the facility without evaluation and consultation with any existing family, then I vote no.

Aug. 12 2009 10:10 AM

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