mental illness http://kalw.org en Alameda County grapples with implementing Laura’s Law http://kalw.org/post/alameda-county-grapples-implementing-laura-s-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/05/319261675/shooting-at-seattle-pacific-university-leaves-several-wounded">shooting at Seattle Pacific University</a> marks the latest gun-related tragedy in the U.S. It follows the attacks in Isla Vista at </span>UC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Santa Barbara. The country is talking about whether or not to require treatment for the severely mentally ill. In California, this has been an ongoing conversation, ever since the creation of Laura’s Law.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:08:46 +0000 Liz Mak 44839 at http://kalw.org Alameda County grapples with implementing Laura’s Law Behavioral Health Court offers offenders more than jail time http://kalw.org/post/behavioral-health-court-offers-offenders-more-jail-time <p class="p1">Behavioral health courts can give offenders who are mentally ill the option to be tried for non-felony crimes. Within the program, offenders can have access to not only the district attorney and public defender, but to several social services programs in order to help them get them back on their feet.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One catch — they have to want to be in the program.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:39:26 +0000 Hana Baba 44838 at http://kalw.org Behavioral Health Court offers offenders more than jail time StoryCorps: Overcoming mental illness together http://kalw.org/post/storycorps-overcoming-mental-illness-together <p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:46:03 +0000 Rachel Wong 39885 at http://kalw.org StoryCorps: Overcoming mental illness together Truths and tales about mental illness and guns http://kalw.org/post/truths-and-tales-about-mental-illness-and-guns <p>“If you disagree with background checks, the logical jump is you believe it’s okay for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns,” explains Bay Area Congressman Mike Thompson, speaking about his own proposed legislation to limit access to firearms. Thompson’s not the only one to connect mental illness with violence. The country has&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">heard similar statements from national figures across the political spectrum, including the NRA’s Wayne </span>LaPierre, who has stated:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics."</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 01:49:48 +0000 Kristine Stolakis 25497 at http://kalw.org Truths and tales about mental illness and guns Youth Radio: Calling out students with mental illness won't make schools safer http://kalw.org/post/youth-radio-calling-out-students-mental-illness-wont-make-schools-safer <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;">Mental health advocates want the link between violence and people who are mentally ill to disappear.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:34:00 +0000 Chantell Williams 25258 at http://kalw.org Youth Radio: Calling out students with mental illness won't make schools safer