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Virginia Legislators Fail to Act Responsibly in Wake of Virginia Tech
Date:2/7/2008

ho need help and are currently being forced to needlessly suffer because they are denied access to treatment. Not being able to help your child get treatment until he's deemed dangerous is cruel and unusual punishment for people who are already suffering greatly from the effects of mental illness."

Her struggle to help her son ended when Joshua killed himself. He was 24.

Legislators should be ashamed. Hundreds of families across Virginia are unable to get treatment for loved ones who are psychotic though not considered dangerous. These families cannot afford to wait another year -- or another day -- for treatment law reform. Yet the General Assembly has decided they must.

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.


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