A Closer Look At Mental Health Services

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Marc Fisher
A Closer Look At Mental Health Services

In the wake of a violent episode in which Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was reportedly stabbed by his son, who then fatally shot himself, we look at how mental health services currently do and should work.

In the wake of a violent episode in which Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was reportedly stabbed by his son, who then fatally shot himself, many are asking about the efficacy of mental health treatment locally and nationally. Just a day before the incident, Deeds' son, Austin, was committed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Yet, Austin was released hours later when a psychiatric bed could not be found nearby. We look at how mental health services currently do and should work and consider changes coming to the system through President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill.

Guests

Dr. Aradhana "Bela" Sood

professor of psychiatry and chair of the division of child psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University.

George Braunstein

executive director, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board.

Pete Earley

journalist; and author of Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness (Putnam)

Dr. E. Fuller Torrey

psychiatrist; founder, Treatment Advocacy Center; author, “American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness treatment system.”

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