Fixing The Mental Health Care System Needs Priority Over Gun Control


We agree. That is why NSSF has been working at the federal and state levels to raise awareness that the states must send all appropriate records, including adjudicated mental health and involuntary commitment records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by all federally licensed firearms retailers. Our initiative is called FixNICS. We can report some real progress, but much remains to be done. Legislatures in Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and New Jersey have acted to improve their reporting to NICS. Now is the time for Massachusetts to join these states. Already home to some of the most restrictive gun control regulations in the country, the Massachusetts legislature is considering the adoption of even more laws. Yet that state ranks dead last in sending records to the NICS system. So, we were pleased that at recent public hearings around that state, officials focused most of their remarks on the mental health issue. Massachusetts can fix its NICS reporting. So can other states.
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The future of mental health services

Too often, many of those with untreated illnesses end up in jail, said Holland. About 35 percent of those incarcerated in Wyandotte County, he said, have an untreated mental illness. Weve decided to warehouse people, he said, instead of treat people. Like Sebelius, Holland said a member of his family suffered from a serious mental illness. I know the roller coaster my family has been on, he said. There was a particular focus on addressing the mental health needs of young people at the event. Early intervention can make a big difference, James said.
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Open up on mental health, Kathleen Sebelius tells forum in KC

“We need fresh ways of working in mental health, ensuring the best use of available resources and working in truly integrated fashion. New technology will no doubt bring about more changes as well as challenges. But much of what in our view needs to be done is simply implementing known good practice that already exists. Failure to provide good, integrated mental health care is not a failure of understanding what needs to be done, it is a failure of actually implementing good practice in organisational strategies and the day to day business of providing people with the care and treatment that they want. We need to start today to rectify that.” Key findings: The Inquiry looked at certain key demographic and societal factors which will impact on future mental health services and identified six key themes that mental health services will need to address to become fit for purpose for the 21st century: 1. Personalising services Greater personalisation of services and the engagement of patients and their carers and families as equal partners in decisions about care and service provision. 2.
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