Sunday, August 10, 2008

Worth Watching

This topic is worth watching for several reasons. The ordinance seems similar to the England laws that the care of the mentally ill should be partly the responsibility of the community. The community should take an active role in helping the medicated, diagnosed mentally ill stay on their medicine, if that is what it takes for them to be successful members of society. I will restate that I do not want to return to the dark ages of forced medicine, but I am sure there is a happy medium solution to this dilema. Also for those of you who are Obama supporters, there is rumor that Gov. Richardson may be in consideration for the VP select for Obama. If Gov. Richardson is for this ordinance, then he will be worth watching if he joins the ticket with Obama. I will also state here that this blog will not be a platform for politics, I am just stating some facts for those of us concerned about the mentally ill in our society.

Thanks, Liz

Court strikes down Kendra's Law in New Mexico
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NewMexico.jpg After the courts struck down an Albuquerque ordinance requiring forced medication for outpatient treatment, the mayor vowed to return this issue to the legislature. According to the Albuquerque Journal the state has cut back on funding for outpatient programs. According to Nancy Koenigsberg from the advocacy organization, Protection and Advocacy,

The ordinance that was struck (down) acknowledged that for any kind of treatment to achieve its goal, it must be linked to a system of comprehensive care in which state and local authorities work together to ensure outpatients receive case management or special services.

Last year New Mexico ranked last in the nation's states for spending on mental health. StigmaNet has been compiling archives on how the fight over Kendra's Law is played in many of the 42 states that have adopted this law.

The issue pits supporters such as Sen. Pete Dominici, Gov. Richardson, and the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness against organizations such as the New Mexico ACLU and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C.

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