The Mark Costello Act For Assisted Outpatient Treatment.
Legislation to help families get assisted outpatient treatment for adult relatives with mental illness before a situation reaches a crisis has been signed into law, this Summer. House Bill 1697, by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Lee Denney, was formally signed by the governor, with the Costello family and many state leaders on hand for the event. The legislation is named the Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Act. Costello’s adult son, Christian, who struggled with mental illness for years, is charged in his father’s 2015 death.
Griffin said only a few decades ago, many with mental illness in this country were institutionalized, often against their will. With the move toward deinstitutionalization and community based treatment, laws were passed to ensure patients with mental illness could only be forced into treatment if they were an eminent threat to themselves or others.
HB 1697 outlines circumstances which would allow judges to order individuals to participate in an assisted outpatient treatment program:
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