Law, not money, is issue for mentally ill

12/31/2013 1:10 PM

12/31/2013 11:31 AM

Re "Recovery, with a question mark" (California Forum, Dan Morain, Dec. 29): Editorial Page Editor Dan Morain's article zeroed right in on the problem: Money is not the issue, but the law is. The laws on mental health have to be amended to distinguish between the application of civil rights in the case of a person who is not mentally ill and the application of civil rights in the case of a person who is mentally ill. "Mentally ill" means that you don't know what you are doing. Children and the mentally ill have limited civil rights. Mental-health professionals need to be able to readily access and treat every mentally ill person, especially those who tell the world, "I'm not sick, and I don't need help." Mentally ill people should not have their civil rights make them homeless.

-- Peter Henneberry, Olivehurst

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