Wednesday, February 10, 2016


S.2002 - Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 is a bill supported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness which has used Valentine's Day to promote the bill saying “Valentine’s Day brings to mind being with the people you love.”   The statement is true about Valentine’s Day, but it is not true about Senate Bill S.2002.  The title of the bill is offensive.  What the hell does mental health and safe communities have to do with each other?  Very damn little is the answer.  However, Just read the one section below and tell me that this bill if passed does not deny me of all my human and civil rights?  Why would anybody believe a person already suffering should be turned over to the government to decide how they should be treated?  Remember this person/I have not committed a crime.  My only crime is they do not like my mind.

Section 2201 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968
(42   U.S.C. 3796ii) is amended—
(1) by inserting “(a) In General.—” before “The Attorney General”;
(2) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting before the semicolon the following: “, or court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment when the court has determined such treatment to be necessary”; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:“(b) Definitions.—In this section:
“(1) COURT-ORDERED ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT.—The term ‘court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment’ means a program through which a court may order a treatment plan for an eligible patient that—
“(A) requires such patient to obtain outpatient mental health treatment while the patient is living in a community; and
“(B) is designed to improve access and adherence by such patient to intensive behavioral health services in order to—
“(i) avert relapse, repeated hospitalizations, arrest, incarceration, suicide, property destruction, and violent behavior; and
“(ii) provide such patient with the opportunity to live in a less restrictive alternative to incarceration or involuntary hospitalization.
“(2) ELIGIBLE PATIENT.—The term ‘eligible patient’ means an adult, mentally ill person who, as determined by a court—
“(A) has a history of violence, incarceration, or medically unnecessary hospitalizations;
“(B) without supervision and treatment, may be a danger to self or others in the community;
“(C) is substantially unlikely to voluntarily participate in treatment;
“(D) may be unable, for reasons other than indigence, to provide for any of his or her basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, health, or safety;
“(E) has a history of mental illness or condition that is likely to substantially deteriorate if the patient is not provided with timely treatment; or
“(F) due to mental illness, lacks capacity to fully understand or lacks judgment to make informed decisions regarding his or her need for treatment, care, or supervision.”.

NAMI you and anyone else who supports this bill is no better than folks who believe domestic violence and child abuse should be winked at and a few people killed each year in Africa each year is no big deal.  Yes I said that.   If I am not willing to voluntarily become part of their system they can get a judge to order me to let someone to come into my home and force medicate me.  What do you call that?  You should read bills before supporting them.

TEXT of S-2002

© Ed Cooper, February 10, 2016, Stoney Creek, TN
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