Forum Held to Discuss Mental Illness

MEDFORD, Ore. — Saturday a forum was held in Medford to discuss the so called “revolving door” for people living with mental illness.
A panel composed of mental health specialists and law enforcement discussed the issues surrounding the procedure for a mentally ill person who needs help.
Some on the panel are advocating for changes to be made at the state level to allow for more preventative care.

“If they could get the help sooner which I call preventative help, it would save them and they could get on with their lives and perhaps have a normal life, maybe get a job, maybe marry, maybe have children,” said Patricia Garoutte with NAMI Southern Oregon.

Officials say statistics show about 40% of people with serious mental illness have been in jail at some point in their lives.