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Mass Shootings: Is the Health Care System Ignoring the Mentally Ill?

August 12, 2019

Thirty-one people died in two back to back mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. People are upset and afraid. There is much finger pointing from guns, to the internet, to ideology. Is something else at fault?

Thirty-one people died in two back to back mass shootings the weekend of August 3rd in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.  People are upset and afraid. There is much finger pointing from guns, to the internet, to ideaology. Snook offers another explanation, the current system for treating the mentally ill which fails to act until there is death.

Snook discusses:

-       Mental illness and mass shooters

-       Blaming the internet, guns, ideology

-       The closing of state mental hospitals 40 years ago

-       Individual pathology vs. community pathology and why the latter is problematic

-       Involuntary hospitalization

-       HIPPA and how that can be a danger

-       Anasognisia – the inability of ill people to not recognize their illness and how this impacts informed consent in treatment

-       Public service cost, how the mentally ill end up on the streets, in jails, in prison and how law enforcement is ill equipped to be on the front lines

-       Do we know enough about mass shootings to know what we need to do in terms of mental health policy

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy