In the midst of a national debate about how to treat children with mental illness, the issue of whether or not they are legally entitled to free and necessary care is under intense scrutiny.
In the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, lawmakers in California and Connecticut are considering laws requiring parents to show the child their doctor’s notes.
In Minnesota, a bill that would require parents to sign a consent form before the government could provide services to a child with a mental illness has been introduced.
While these bills have the potential to have an impact on how parents interact with their children, they may also be counterproductive.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The organization has trained more than 2.2 million people to help with mental health issues in the U.S. Since 1999, NAMI has been providing crisis intervention, crisis intervention support and crisis planning to people who are experiencing severe or life-threatening crisis.
NAMI’s national crisis hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.
NAMI also provides training and technical assistance to states and local governments.
In addition, NAMIC provides resources and advice to families who may need additional resources to cope with mental illnesses.
To learn more about NAMI, visit www.nami.org.