Months before the Newtown massacre far left groups defeated a Connecticut mental health protections law.
Counter Contempt reported:
Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have
a type of “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT) law (sometimes referred
to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for
these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow
for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit
a serious crime. Whereas previous legal standards held that the
mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated until they harm
someone or themselves, or until they express an immediate intent to do
so, AOT laws (again, roughly speaking) allow for preventativeinstitutionalization
or forced medication (I highly recommend reading the data cited in the
link I provided in this paragraph, especially regarding what is known as
“first episode psychosis”).
AOT laws vary state-by-state, and often bear the name of a person
murdered by an untreated mentally ill person (“Kendra’s Law” in New
York, “Laura’s Law” in California, etc.).
Earlier this year, Connecticut considered passing an AOT law (and a weak one, at that), and it failed, due to protests from “civil liberties” groups.
In: Regional News, Politics, WTF
Tags: Newtown massacre, ACLU, Connecticut, mental health protections law.
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