Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Three Goals for Reform Legislation Dealing with the Violently Mentally Ill

I believe there are three overriding goals for reforming the current laws dealing with the violent mentally ill in our state, and these are:

1. Reduce the stigma on the mentally ill;

2. Protect the public, particularly law enforcement; and

3. Relieve treating psychiatrists from sole responsibility for release of committees.

I will be discussing these in detail over the next few months, and welcome your comments and contributions.

-- Judge Tom Rickhoff