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Kendra’s Law Is Difficult To Implement

January 18, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: Kendra’s Law sounds good but it is hard to implement....

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kristina12

Jan-18-13 12:56 AM

Kendra's law has nothing to do with trying to 'find' those mentally ill patients. It just allows a judge to implement mandatory treatment to the ones who are already in the system. The right should love this, since it is their biggest argument to help solve gun violence. Pointless letter.

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jamestownfan18

Jan-18-13 1:32 AM

"Good Luck with Kendra's Law"

Hmmm...

"Specifically, the Office of Mental Health (OMH) study found that for those in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program: 74 percent fewer recipients experienced homelessness; 77 percent fewer recipients experienced psychiatric hospitalization; 83 percent fewer recipients experienced arrest; and 87 percent fewer recipients experienced incarceration. Comparing the experience of AOT recipients over the first six months of AOT to the same period immediately prior to AOT, the OMH study found: 55 percent fewer recipients engaged in suicide attempts or physical harm to self; 49 percent fewer recipients abused alcohol; 48 percent fewer recipients abused drugs; 47 percent fewer recipients physically harmed others; 46 percent fewer recipients damaged or destroyed property; and 43 percent fewer recipients threatened physical harm to others."

Looks like we dont' need luck. The program works.

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jamestownfan18

Jan-18-13 1:33 AM

The righties will have trouble with this one, because they will want to makes posts opposing Kendra's Law, but at the same time they want to argue that stricter mental health regulations are a better answer to violence than gun control...

Soon...confused righties will come...

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Renaldo

Jan-18-13 5:23 AM

If you're going to criticize something, as the author did, at least provide something constructive.

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carlaw

Jan-18-13 6:29 AM

I agree with the letter writer. We need to focus on early intervention. The Sandy Hook Killer was probably red flagged in first grade by his teacher and nothing was done for various reasons. We keep trying to cover up or explain away deviant behavior and mainstream it instead of treating it.

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Yankees1

Jan-18-13 8:19 AM

"Are politicians equipped with the education to sort out these problems?"

This question could pertain to pretty much any issue our government deals with.

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mrinbetween

Jan-18-13 9:25 AM

Trying to argue with a liberal is like mud wrestling a pig. You both get dirty, only the pig likes it.

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formerlyphil

Jan-18-13 12:32 PM

thanks renaldo. you're wasting your time though. but good post!

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formerlyphil

Jan-18-13 12:40 PM

mr great post!!

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formerlyphil

Jan-18-13 12:41 PM

what's not to like about the revamped kendra's law??

i'm conservative & i like it. sorry about the boo hoos mike & kris.

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samaritan111

Jan-18-13 5:05 PM

While I am a proponent of Kendra's law I wonder about the rights of these individuals to refuse to take medications. As a panacea to correct the tragedies like Sandy Hook I am not convinced revamping Kendra's law or stricter gun control will do it. We live in a society that seems to be focussed on "me" and what makes "me" feel good. As Nike says "Just Do It". Until society can get refocussed and live by the standards our Founding Fathers hoped for we will continue to have tragedies. Unfortunately we can o longer teach about true right and wrong in our schools - all seems to focus on relativism.

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samaritan111

Jan-18-13 5:05 PM

While I am a proponent of Kendra's law I wonder about the rights of these individuals to refuse to take medications. As a panacea to correct the tragedies like Sandy Hook I am not convinced revamping Kendra's law or stricter gun control will do it. We live in a society that seems to be focussed on "me" and what makes "me" feel good. As Nike says "Just Do It". Until society can get refocussed and live by the standards our Founding Fathers hoped for we will continue to have tragedies. Unfortunately we can o longer teach about true right and wrong in our schools - all seems to focus on relativism.

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50s4ever

Jan-18-13 5:26 PM

Why do liberals believe making laws stops crime? Should they be evaluated for congnition disabilities?

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Jazzie

Jan-18-13 7:56 PM

People doing the diagnosing better know what the he*l they're doing...I know one person who, throughout their schooling kept being shuffled back and forth by the system by saying they were slow, and then come back and say they weren't slow. They sent this person to two different school districts, their expense, because they weren't able to do any good with them.

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duckster

Jan-18-13 8:12 PM

Here is a sad irony: In the late 80' there was a breakthrough with Medicine for thought disorders to include the most severe one, Schizophrenia. The break through was called clozeril (or closapine). A bit later these drugs, called "atypicals" became much safer and more refined (Respiredone, Zyprexia, Quiatipine et al) Tyhey are called atypicals because they actually neutralize symptoms instead of just " masking" them like the old phenothyzines. Anyway here is the sad irony.. a paient gets well fairly quickly on these meds only to go off there Rx once this happens. Hence the phenomena of "cycling" .. It is kind of a never ending battle..

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carlaw

Jan-19-13 5:52 AM

Jazzie is right. They sweep these problems under the rug when they could be doing something early on, before it explodes. They know who these kids are but confidentially laws and other laws make intervention almost impossible.

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RichieRich

Jan-19-13 9:09 AM

The government keeps implementing the same laws over and over, expecting different results... Isn't this the definition of insanity?

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oldlady

Jan-19-13 11:44 AM

samaritan111 you said perfectly. Thank you.

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GioAllie

Jan-22-13 6:30 PM

this is not a rightie or leftie issue, it is important to address outside political rhetoric--and referrences like "loonies" don't help. NAMI has made great strides in this problem and needs much support.

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50s4ever

Jan-24-13 4:32 PM

GioAllie have you made any non-political statements? Your ideology is oozing out of you.

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GioAllie

Jan-24-13 5:19 PM

6:30pm, but who's counting? NAMI,far from political, but who's counting?

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