In the early 1980s mental institutions across America were closed down. Since then an alarming number of the mentally ill are ending up in jails and prisons. On the next Community Conversation we'll look at coalitions forming in our communities to divert people with mental illness away from jails and prisons and more toward community -based mental health treatments. What has been successful in other counties in NY State?
Pete Earley, author of (CRAZY: A Father's Search through America's Mental Health Madness)
Gerald Mollen, Broome County District Attorney
Robert Corliss, Director of Mental Health Services for the New York State Mental Health Association
Nicholas Kaiser, Troy, NY Chief of Police, article about response team
Katherine Maciol, Rensselaer County Office of Mental Health Commisioner