I take issue with the editorial advocating that families of mentally ill people should be able to petition a court for detention of mentally ill family members. More capacity has been added for involuntary commitments as a result of the court ruling on psychiatric boarding. Let's see how that change works before making major changes in civil commitment law
I also take exception to the possibility of reintroducing psychiatric boarding when local mental health facilities are full. Western and Eastern State Hospitals should be used when local faculties are unavailable.
Our constitution makes care of the mentally ill a state responsibility. Ideally, if local communities are given needed resources, the use of state hospitals should be a rare event. The best outcome for taxpayers and the mentally ill is for adequate funding of group homes and other mental health services to reduce the need for involuntary commitment.