Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 12.51.31 PMSpotlight Team Highlights Massachusetts Neglect of the Seriously Mentally Ill   

Part 1: Families in Fear (June 26, 2016)
“Few have paid a higher price for the nation’s mental health crisis than the loved ones of severely mentally ill people.”

Part 2: Police Confrontations (July 10, 2016)
“Families failed by a broken mental health care system often have no one to call but police.”

Part 3: Community Care (August 28, 2016)
“State mental hospitals were closed to give people with mental illness greater freedom but it increased the risk they’d get no care at all.”

Part 4: Courts (November 12, 2016)
“People like Deb Silvestri have been streaming into Massachusetts courtrooms in growing numbers since the early 1970s when the state began closing psychiatric hospitals, leaving more and more patients to fend for themselves and often find trouble with the law.”              

Part 5: Prisons (November 25, 2016)
“There may be no worse place for mentally ill people to receive treatment than prison.”

Part 6: Homelessness (December 8, 2016)
“Everyone wants to help David. But nothing seems to work. And the mentally ill homeless man gets arrested again and again.”

Part 7: Solutions (December 11, 2016)
“San Antonio became a national leader in mental health care by working together as a community. Can Massachusetts learn its lessons?”

Boston Globe Editorial Board
Links to editorial opinions supporting reform of Massachusetts mental health treatment

Mandate treatment for the mentally ill (July 3, 2016)

State must deal with the grim aftermath of psychiatric hospital closings (July 7, 2016)

Mandate treatment, funding for the mentally ill (December 27, 2016)