The State of Mental Health Care

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Hour 2

The case of Jared Loughner and his apparent mental illness have raised questions about mental health care in America.  Why do some people get treatment for mental illness while others don’t?  Are there holes in the system that need attention?  In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll look at the state of the mental health system and discuss the stigma attached to mental illness that may keep people from seeking help.  We’ll also look at the rights of the mentally ill and debate the issue of involuntary commitment.  Our guests are MARK SALZER, Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University; JOSEPH ROGERS, President of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and JEANETTE CASTELLO, a family mental health advocate with the Pennsylvania Treatment Law Advocacy Group.

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