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Mental health advocates, state officials, police and lawmakers have been working together to come up with better ways to get treatment for non-violent offenders.
A key feature of the proposed reforms includes diverting the mentally ill from ERs into outpatient and residential programs more tailored to their needs.
At UH Manoa, students can wait as long as two months to sit down with a therapist.
At a mental health summit Wednesday, the judiciary and state agencies explored options for pre-trial diversions.
Some 30% of Hawaii’s homeless suffer from a serious mental illness.
The suit filed in federal court alleges a young woman received minimal care when her case was turned over to Hawaii’s adult mental health division, leading to the deterioration of her condition.
Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.
The measure would form a task force to find ways to make emergency mental health admissions more efficient, and better protect the public.
Several proposals would make it easier for families and caregivers to get court orders authorizing long-term intensive treatment and medication for the severely mentally ill.
The Kaneohe woman says her son’s condition has deteriorated, partly because Hawaii allows people as young as age 15 to refuse inpatient psychiatric treatment.