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Treatment for a rising mental illness trend

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Posted: Apr 3, 2014 6:35 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Apr 3, 2014 6:35 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: mental illness, treatment, help, insurance, medication, national alliance on mental illness, better together, conference, baton rouge, committed, ordered, coroner

BATON ROUGE - Health care leaders are responding as the number of people committed for mental illness is on the rise.

Baton Rouge Police said they spend a lot of time with diagnosed patients who stop taking their medications. The Coroners Office ordered 6,000 patients be involuntarily committed for treatment in 2013.

"When they don't take the medication, it takes it to the next level, and that's when we step in and we take them to that medical facility they can receive the treatment, which we hope will put them back on the right track," explained Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness said they're working to keep patients insured and on their medication. They say people go off their meds for many reasons, such as cost, treatment availability, and a lack of social acceptance.

To learn more about mental illness, and what's being done here NAMI's State Conference is Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturday 9am-1:30pm at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators on Florida Blvd.

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