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Medical Incarceration Monday: Supreme Court decision criminalizes mental illness.

The Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson decision handed down by the SCOTUS is a disability issue because ultimately, it criminalizes mental illness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness explains: “Under the ruling, localities will be able to arrest, ticket, and fine people for sleeping outdoors on public property, even if leaders have failed to produce […]

Mental Health Courts

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Mental health courts (MHCs) are specialized programs designed to address the legal issues and treatment needs of individuals with mental health disabilities and substance use disorders. Their policies vary by state, but they frequently focus on handling individuals with “severe persistent mental illness” and/or “chronic homelessness.” In theory, these courts aim to divert individuals away […]

Involuntary Confinement in New Hampshire

“Judge says New Hampshire must end practice of involuntarily holding psychiatric patients in hospitals” According to local reporting in Mancester, NH: “‘The permanent injunction order issued by Judge McCafferty in federal district court is an important step forward for patients suffering from an acute psychiatric crisis and their families,’ said Vanessa Stafford, spokeswoman for the […]

“Why California’s much-touted CARE Court is ‘no one-and-done program'”

California Governor Gavin Newson, an elder white male with gray hair, giving a speech, with a person wearing a mask to the right in the background.

According to this publication by the state of California, the following describes Governor Newson’s new plan to get Californians in crisis off the streets and into housing, treatment, and care – but if you’re only going to read one bullet point, skip to the last… ● Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court is a […]

“And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America”

Close up photo of about a dozen protesters from the waist or chest up, holding protest signs.

Reporting from Mad in America: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced his administration’s 11-point legislative agenda, which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws governing forced treatment.” The article describes the mayor’s decision further, then draws attention to the fact “the voices of unhoused people have been less […]

“Wait times for mental health services in Washington jails worsen as fines spiral”

The Seattle Times reporting on Joshua Marks: Arrested and booked in jail, then he would spend eight months there, waiting to be transferred to a state psychiatric hospital for mental health services. “They forgot about me pretty much,” said Marsh, speaking by phone from Western State Hospital, where he was ultimately moved in late September. […]