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Maryland pays dearly for ignoring mental health needs [Letter]

Maryland needs to move forward quickly on new legislation to support mental health initiatives ("Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10).

Many parents are in a crisis mode when their children develop a mental illness and have limited resources from state to assist in treatments. The result often ends with the child becoming gravely ill and unable to function in society — thus becoming a burden on the parents as well as the state.

In many cases, the child ends up in jail or is involved in serious criminal situations. Lawmakers heard many tragic cases during testimony over the recent years but have been limited in their ability to act because of other funding priorities.

How many more shootings need to occur before Maryland recognizes this critical situation and begins working toward a solution?

Charles Ippolito, Ellicott City

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