The Mental Health Association in Michigan

is the only statewide, non-governmental agency concerned with the broad spectrum of mental illness across all age groups.

January 12, 2017

Revisions to Michigan Assisted Outpatient Treatment Law Take Effect

Revision to ‘Kevin’s Law” means quicker treatment
for the mentally ill

January 10, 2017
by Ted Roelofs
Bridge Magazine contributor

Betsy Johnson of the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center: “It’s not a cure-all for the problems of a broken mental health system.”

On any given day in Michigan, they can be found wandering the streets, or in shelters, jails and prison. There are an estimated 300,000 adults with serious mental illness in Michigan.

Advocates say a measure signed into state law in November should make it easier to secure court-ordered mental-health treatment for those who may be too sick to recognize they need help. It allows families or guardians to seek court-ordered treatment for the mentally ill before they reach a crisis stage where they have to be hospitalized or do something dangerous to themselves or others.

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