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Virginia Tech Review Panel Calls For Reform of Mental Health Treatment Law
Date:8/31/2007

system that prevented Cho from getting treatment," said John Snook, "but for recognizing the critical importance of a strong assisted outpatient treatment program that will allow humane intervention before tragedy strikes." Snook is the legislative and policy counsel for the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to removing barriers to timely and effective treatment of severe mental illnesses.

"It now falls on the legislature to act to improve state law," said Snook. "Families across Virginia are struggling to help their loved ones. There is no question people who are clearly psychotic should get treatment. But Virginia needs to do better than that, as the Governor's panel recommends, and help people before they become a danger."

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. TAC promotes laws, policies, and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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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