Re: "Mentally ill continue to sit in jail despite order" (TNT, 1-12).
The article regarding our broken mental health system mentioned but did not focus on the root cause of the mess we are in.
We are short on facilities and money, but questions remain: Why do we need more money? Why does mental health care cost so much? Why must psychotic people be put in jail before they can get the care they need?
The answer to these questions was suggested by Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner. According to the article, "Hamner said the police know the people in the community and who is likely to have a psychotic episode, but the threshold is so high for civil commitments they have to wait until someone breaks the law before they can hold them."
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This is the crux of it. This is why the mentally ill spend weeks and months unmedicated, unhoused or in jail.
We labor under the insane notion that people who are psychotic have the "right" to make their own decisions about whether to accept help. A system in the stranglehold of this nonsense cannot provide rational, effective, humane care no matter how much money, sweat and tears is invested in it.