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Provide greater help for the mentally ill [Letter]

I read two letters in The Sun that involve mental health and hope that Maryland will join other states with common sense laws to address severe mental illness, thus closing the revolving door between jail and hospital ("Dealing with trauma like WMAR standoff,"Pope wrong to blame illness of the devil,").

This is what medication over objection reform will do, as well as assisted outpatient care. Certainly, the families and friends of those suffering with severe mental illness such as the man who drove the truck into WMAR would like to see such help available.

Those people most in need of care and those who deny their illness are reaching out for help in inappropriate ways. Mental health providers have the tools and medications to improve this condition and must be given that opportunity.

Pat Ranney, Millersville

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