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Treatment Advocacy Center's Top 10 Mental Illness Stories You Didn't Read in 2007
Date:12/26/2007

five hours.

-- Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs make a difference. Seminole County, Fla.'s AOT program resulted in a 72 percent decrease in jail days -- saving more than $15,000 per patient.

-- It is insane to release a killer without requiring treatment compliance. Twelve years after killing Ottawa sportscaster Brian Smith, the released perpetrator (with untreated schizophrenia) assaulted a cop. Why not try "Brian's Law" for Brian's killer?

-- We still protect the right to be psychotic over the right to treatment. Pennsylvania law kept Kenneth Miller from treatment until he killed his dad, one twisted result of protecting the right to self-determination in mental illness treatment above all else.

The Treatment Advocacy Center (http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illnesses.

We take no money from pharmaceutical companies. The American Psychiatric Association awarded TAC its 2006 presidential commendation for "sustained extraordinary advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable mentally ill patients."


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