Wise candidates for elected offices focus on prison reform and treatment for mentally ill constituents and people with substance abuse problems in order to improve community safety and reduce America's huge prison budget. Look for your representatives among the co-sponsors of H.R.3717 - "Helping People in Mental Health Crisis Act," a U.S. Congressional bill that would provide assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs, resume Medicaid insurance for psychiatric inpatients in certain facilities, and train our police officers and prison guards in how to apprehend and contain mentally ill people without excessive violence.
Thank you, Judge Kariton and congressional co-sponsors of H.R.3717, for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally ill and reducing the likelihood of future arrests due to lack of treatment. We applaud your commitment to promote the human rights of Americans with mental disabilities and their families. Please read articles in this "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog to see why your commitment is so important. Stories about sick people being killed by untrained police officers, imprisoned in torturous conditions, and denied adequate care are throughout this blog - not to embarrass the USA but to urge Change. We can and must do better.