Bill adds to court-ordered mental health treatment

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Updated: 5/24/2013 5:49 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has approved allowing courts to order mentally ill defendants who have regular run-ins with the law to complete tailored outpatient treatment plans.

Assembly members approved AB287 on Friday, 34-7. It now heads to the Senate.

Republican Assemblyman Lynn Stewart of Henderson says the proposal is a collaborative effort with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget, which allocated $1.4 million for the initiative.

The bill also creates a team of specially trained law enforcement personnel to take patients into custody if they skip mandatory appointments or stop taking ordered medication.

Stewart adds the bill allows family members, friends, caretakers and doctors to report patients who fail to comply with court-ordered medical care.

He says this method will help patients before they become violent and reduce costs to the state.

 

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Sandra - 5/26/2013 6:30 AM
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The problem here is the court order mental care worker is more likely some student working through her own problems while getting her degree while being supervised by some egotistical, professor caught up in his BOOK about his darwin theory! FACT MOST mental care workers ARE mental themselfs, mandatory counselling DOES NOT WORK you will get people telling you what you want to here with alot of silent anger until they snap? FORCE doesn't fix nothing! MOST psychiatrists, and psychologist are a egotistical group who THINK they are ABOVE ALL OTHERS who belive by a LOOK, one red pill and a well placed WORD can change YOUR EVERYTHING if not you are deemed not compliant and then what is next LOCKED them UP forever or just terminate them?

Ktkt1955 - 5/25/2013 12:25 PM
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This just might work. But what about those who are undiagnosable and have no problems that are apparent? We cannot tell when this is happening unless someone is willing to and able to report a possible problem. Life events cannot always tell what or how an individual will react in the heat of anger, depression, or while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Aggression is seen everyday on television and everyone plays this out in his/her mind daily after watching TV. There is no proof positive way to keep others safe if someone snaps without warning.
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