Response to I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother:
Current mental health laws (and they vary from state to state) make getting diagnosis and treatment for the dangerous mentally ill adult very difficult. In CA the dangerous person must be adjudged to be dangerous to others and to self AT TIME OF EVALUATION to be involuntarily treated or hospitalized. Earlier history of attempts to harm self or others cannot be used to holdaperson for treatment. Only one county in CA uses the Laura’s Law standard that allowsaperson to be forcibly medicated if the person’s illness worsens because he/she stopped taking prescribed medications. The current state of mental health law needs change if caring families are to be allowed to protect their ill family member(s) and to protect the public against explosions of deadly or dangerous behaviors.