National Sheriffs' Association supports Treatment Advocacy Center

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 28 Jul 1999 08:06:58 -0700 (PDT)


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Subject: National Sheriffs' Association supports Treatment Advocacy Center
From: "David L. Harris" <david.harris@tcs.wap.org>
Date: 1999/07/25
Newsgroups: alt.society.mental-health,sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated
Found as *pictures* (not text) at

http://www.psychlaws.org/New!/Sheriffs.htm

is this latest coup of the Treatment Advocacy Center:


National Sheriffs' Association

Resolution

NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF THE TREATMENT
ADVOCACY CENTER

WHEREAS, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the
Accreditation, Detention & Corrections Committee of NSA have reviewed
and considered the mission of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a
non-profit organization in Arlington, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Treatment Advocacy Center is to eliminate
barriers to treatment for Americans who suffer from, but are not being
treated for, severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and
manic-depressive illness; and

WHEREAS, 40% of individuals who suffer from severe mental illnesses are
not being treated at any given time, primarily because the illness
affects their ability to recognize that they are ill and they therefore
refuse treatment; and

WHEREAS, one of the most serious consequences of failing to treat
severe mental illnesses is that there are now more than twice as many
mentally ill individuals in jails and prisons than are in state
psychiatric hospitals, and more than one million individuals with
severe mental illnesses admitted each year to jails, and that these
individuals comprise as much as 15% of the population of jails; and

WHEREAS, the most significant barrier to treatment for the most
severely mentally ill are laws that prevent the treatment of
individuals who refuse treatment until they are a danger to themselves
or others and laws that prevent a court from ordering individuals to
take medication while living in the community; and

WHEREAS, the consequences of non-treatment, including incarceration,
suicide, homelessness, worsening symptoms, victimization and violence,
can be prevented by having laws that require treatment based on a "need
for treatment" rather than just "dangerousness" for those who refuse
it; and

WHEREAS, the consequences of non-treatment can also be prevented by
having laws that allow a court to order treatment in the community for
individuals who are in need of treatment but refuse it (also known as
Assisted Outpatient Treatment);

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Sheriffs' Association and
the Accreditation, Detention & Corrections Committee of NSA hereby
share and approve of the mission of the Treatment Advocacy Center and
support laws that require treatment based on a "need for treatment"
rather than just "dangerousness" for those who refuse it and laws that
allow a court to order treatment in the community for individuals who
are in need of treatment but refuse it (also known as Assisted
Outpatient Treatment).


Adopted at a meeting of the General Assembly on June 30, 1999, in
Columbus, Ohio


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