Even if Jared Lee Loughner voluntarily entered the mental health system, there is no guarantee that he would receive adequate care. Jan Brewer is trying to remove at least 230,000 more people off the AHCCCS roles which is what happened to many last year. When this happens, those who are seriously mentally ill will be eligible for only minimal case management services, the very services that keep them connected to the system. Yes, they still will be eligible to receive medication but it is the case management that connects them to services and increases medication adherence.. However, even if qualified for AHCCCS, the case manager he or she is assigned to will have a case-load of at least 35 people.
It is true that it is easier to have someone hospitalized in Arizona than other states but keeping the consumer tied to services after being released will be even more difficult for many of our friends, neighbors and relatives.