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Protecting the Mentally Ill

Posted Friday, June 1, 2007

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Officer down - this time, it was a bullet and an untreated mental illness. The man accused of killing a Cleveland Heights police officer had stopped taking his medicine. The death of Officer Jason West has sparked debates on how far the police, the courts and mental health agencies can go in treating those with severe mental illness. Ohio closed its mental hospitals decades ago. Hospitals are limited in how long they can keep patients in psychiatric care. How to protect the severely mentally ill from themselves and others - Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

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>Support groups for the mentally ill and their families, plus referral information on where to get help, is available through NAMI of Greater Cleveland. Information and referral line: (216) 875-7776

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