Debate Over Forced Treatment Of The Severely Mentally Ill

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown speaks at a press conference regarding murder suspect Elliot Rodger in Goleta, California. Rodger, 22, went on a deadly rampage in Isla Vista near the University of California at Santa Barbara campus. - ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown speaks at a press conference regarding murder suspect Elliot Rodger in Goleta, California. Rodger, 22, went on a deadly rampage in Isla Vista near the University of California at Santa Barbara campus.

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Debate Over Forced Treatment Of The Severely Mentally Ill

The recent California shooting has led to renewed calls to make it easier for people to force a mentally ill family member to get help. Diane and her guests discuss balancing the rights of the mentally ill with public safety.

The vast majority of people with mental illness do not commit violent crimes. But the recent California shooting rampage has reignited debate over how to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. In the absence of any meaningful gun reform, lawmakers have proposed competing mental health measures. One bill, [House Resolution 371}, (http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3717) is led by Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18). It would make it easier to force people to get treatment for mental illness. Another piece of legislation, [the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014] (http://barber.house.gov/sites/barber.house.gov/files/2014.05.06%20Summary_StrengtheningMentalHealthinOurCommunitiesAct.pdf), was proposed last month by Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-2nd). It seeks to boost access to community-based services. Each has strong supporters and critics. Diane and her guests discuss balancing the rights of the mentally ill and public safety.

Guests

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

founder and former president, Treatment Advocacy Center.

Curtis Decker

executive director, the National Disability Rights Network.

Rep. Ron Barber

congressman (D-Ariz., 2nd District); he was critically wounded along with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in a 2011 shooting in Arizona.

Rep. Tim Murphy

congressman, (R-Penn., 18th District).

Chrisa Hickey

mental health advocate and the mother of a mentally ill son.

G.G. Burns

advocate on mental health issues and the mother of a mentally ill adult son.

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