To The Editor,
I would like to echo Mr. Jaffe's and the
Some, left untreated, are at risk of committing violence to themselves or to others. Kendra’s Law provides their loved ones, and the community in which they live, a mechanism to get these individuals into treatment before that happens, not after.
We “freed” hundreds of thousands of patients from the state hospitals, labeled “snake-pits”, but where are they now? We traded one “snake-pit” for three others. They account for a third of the homeless population and crowd our prisons. They languish in adult homes that have all the bad connotations of state hospitals with very few of the benefits; this was my brother Paul’s fate.
The idea that Paul was one of the lucky ones, that he was never homeless or incarcerated, is a sad testament to the state of affairs in which we find our selves.
This problem was of our own making. It’s time we correct it. It’s time we step up and say we are committed to swinging the pendulum back so the sickest of the sick get the treatment they need. The first step is to make Kendra’s Law permanent.