Connie Clem

Two comments:

1) Everyone needs to understand that jails are not the answer. State and local governments need to collaborate to set in place alternatives to jail, supported by public health/public mental health agencies. See discussion of the principles involved at http://bit.ly/JailsAndMH, and see an example of how a solution was developed at http://bit.ly/Washoe-MH

2) We need better (and/or better-working) options for reporting a person who we perceive may pose a danger to self or others, and better systems for follow-up by public safety agencies – perhaps with a new kind of mental health screening court to approve probable cause to investigate a person’s well being.