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January 15, 2013

Editorial: Look at mental health care is welcome

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Nugent said our present system of dealing with mental health issues is unfair to people with mental concerns, to law enforcement officers and to taxpayers, who end up paying for higher incarceration costs and overcrowded jails.

There needs to be a better system of involuntary commitment, early screening and other recommendations by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.

But anything now that will keep improvements to mental health care is welcomed. And the Franken-Nugent bill is a worthwhile first start.

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