You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Sunday Centerpiece

  • Architect of change
    A decade ago, Fort Wayne’s sleepy downtown got a wake-up call from an unlikely source.
  • Sound of success
    My friend Jim Anderson, director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, recently reminded me of something I did when we were both in band together at Ben Geyer Middle School years ago.
  • Price of participation
    At the depths of the Great Recession, two troubling patterns emerged that now, from an economic standpoint, seem inevitable when credit is scarce and budgets tighten:
Advertisement

Patient’s civil liberties a missing consideration

The editorial by Ramesh Ponnuru summarizes many of the key points of two pieces of rival legislation related to mental illness. While the primary sponsors of the two bills would likely agree on many points if they sat face to face, there is a fundamental issue on which they, and many other informed people, disagree. It is the issue of balancing the civil liberties of someone with a major mental illness with the need for treatment and control. For instance:

•Should someone be forced into treatment or forced to take medications if they are psychotic but not dangerous?

•Should providers be able to talk to family members and coordinate care without the patient’s consent?

•If someone is not thinking coherently, do they get to choose?

There is no easy answer to this quandary, but it deserves to be considered on merit, not the politics involved.

Paul Wilson is president and CEO of Park Center. He wrote this for The Journal Gazette.

Advertisement