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3 graduate from mental health court

September 24, 2013

Judge Richard A. Gray recently was honored for supervising the Mental Health Court program, which graduated three participants Monday....

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Sep-24-13 2:40 AM

Most of these people, they're not 'bad' people. Really? Maybe you should get your head examined you might need some mental help. How are these repeat offenders not bad people?

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Sep-24-13 6:23 AM

"Most of these people, they're not 'bad' people. Really? Maybe you should get your head examined you might need some mental help. How are these repeat offenders not bad people?" - fromtheport


It always amazes me, this day-and-age...there are STILL people (like you), who so willingly/voluntarily display their ignorance.

You must (really) miss the "good ol' days"...when we could burn epileptics & schizophrenics, at the stake, for being "possessed" by "evil-spirits".

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Sep-24-13 7:12 AM

Shaman I couldn't agree more and I salute Judge Butt's for getting from behind the bench and taking a real interest in the problems that Williamsport is facing. To solve these problems, many in her position need to think outside the box for new and more effective initiatives, and that's exactly what she is doing. Well done Judge Butts!

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Sep-24-13 7:44 AM

If you are involved in mental illness recovery or know someone who needs services, there is a Mental Illness Recovery Expo in the Walnut Room of Williamsport Hospital tomorrow, 9/25 from 3 to 7pm. Many service providers will be there to explain what they offer. It’s free and open to the public.

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Sep-24-13 9:35 AM

Pa photo desk, thank you!!! I logged into here to write a comment because I am glad something like this is being done. But I am overwhelmingly frustrated because I am a working law abiding citizen who is suffering from depression and anxiety and in this area without insurance you run into brick wall after brick wall and the options are not clear or easily accessible. I find myself more and more upset when I go looking for help. I called my doctor and asked the best way to go about it and she draws is a deep breath and answers that is a difficult thing to do around here. Where is the community, the support now? People should be able to find help before things are so out of hand they are pushed to their limits or do snap with either crime or some other form of self destruction. When you are young and help is hard to find those "bad people and bad choices" become the easy and appealing thing to do.

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Sep-24-13 10:28 AM

truth hunter, i partially agree with you, but totally disagree with fromtheport. Mental health is becoming a HUGE issue in humans today. a LOT of it is due to some sort of trauma, abuse, neglect, rape, and so on, and a lot of it is professionals slapping the good ole label on a child that just needs an a s s whoopen like we did in the days gone by. however, there needs to be more accessible, and not so many hoops to those of us that need help. i too need medication, therapy would be nice but i cant afford it and cant find someone willing to help financially as my insurance at work *****. more help in the beginning helps prevent repeat offenders. some repeat because their mental illness they cant help and dont know any different. with help, that can be fixed. stupid judgmental ignorant people.

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Sep-24-13 1:45 PM

A mental health diagnosis is incredibly easy to get. Additionally, the DSM (diagnostic service manual) was created in order to facilitate billing and insurance payment. Not that people don't have real issues - just saying, the history is clear. I was encouraged by this: "While the program provides an alternative to incarceration, there is no tolerance for non-compliance with the conditions of supervision. One mental health court client, who recently tested positive for cocaine, is now serving time behind bars". That says that you either accept and respect what the court has offered or pay a steep price. That's reasonable - all things considered.

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