Topic: Investigative Reporting
Posted on 5/12/2016
Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFXT-TV Boston aired, on May 12, “Fox25 Investigates: Massachusetts Gets an ’F’ in Mental Health Services.” Massachusetts is one of only four states that does not have laws addressing outpatient mental health services, leading one advocacy group to give the state an “F.” WFTX included the story of a mentally ill man who recently went on a stabbing spree, killing two and injuring five. Advocates say he should not have left the hospital without support in place. In other states, judges can order outpatient mental health treatment for patients who are a danger to themselves and others.
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