With mental health legislation stalled in Congress, states act

States looking to address gun violence are overhauling mental health laws — and sometimes exposing rifts over how to best address the small but serious threat of violence.

There’s not much controversy among advocates when it comes to restoring funding that states had slashed during the economic lean years. But changing policies on involuntary commitment, or requiring therapists to report potentially dangerous patients, are stirring fears that well-intentioned policies could increase stigma and deter the very people who most need treatment from getting it.

“We’re seeing really a regressive response to mental health, instead of proactive,” said Debbie Plotnick, senior director of state policy for the advocacy group Mental Health America.

via With mental health legislation stalled in Congress, states act – Kathryn Smith – POLITICO.com.

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