Thursday, December 20, 2012
Mental health Reform Needed Now
It is almost impossible for anyone to understand why the school massacre happened at Sandy Hook. It is time this country took seriously the identification and treatment of mental illnesses. We must modify the current over-reaching privacy and HIPPA related health care laws and allow mental health professionals, family doctors and family members who become concerned about a loved one to have quick and easy access to a 72 hour psych hold. We cannot afford to continue to squander chances to intervene before such unimaginable horrors occur. The recent headline, "Could school massacre be gun control tipping point?" should read "Could school massacre be mental health intervention tipping point?"