What Results Can Come From a Successful Mental Health Defense?


Not being in full control of your mental faculties can be a terrifying, and extremely tragic thing. The unfortunate truth, as well, is that far more Arizonans suffer from mental illnesses than anyone could ever guess.

When someone is not in complete control, they can do things that they would otherwise never do, and will often have no recollection of doing those things at all. When those things turn out to be crimes, you need a defense attorney skilled in Mental Health Defense.

What to Expect with Mental Health Defense

Although the justice system in Arizona is constantly undergoing changes and revisions in order to make it as just as possible, it is unfair for those suffering from mental illnesses to be forced to waste away in prison rather than receive the care they need.

Regardless of whether we’re talking about a speeding ticket, an assault, or even arson, mental health defense can help protect the vulnerable among us, even from themselves.

With a skilled defense attorney on your side, it is possible to:

  • Conversation with the psychologist about mental healthHave charges dropped altogether
  • Have sentences reduced, along with provided recovery services
  • Be granted jail diversions (basically, alternatives to jail, such as admission to a mental health facility)
  • Have client admitted to a state-run mental health hospital, by means of ruling the defendant as insane

Obviously a serious crime is a serious crime, but providing a mentally ill individual with proper care and medical attention rather than shoving them in a prison cell, they stand a much better chance of recovering, and one day becoming a healthy, happy member of society again.

If you or a loved one are facing a criminal charge and may suffer from a mental illness, get in touch with a skilled mental health defense attorney immediately.

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Mental Health Statistics in Phoenix


Mental health can be a very touchy topic, and is rarely discussed openly. This is surprising, given how widespread the issue can be (the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that 1 in 4 adults suffers from some form of mental illness) and how severe the consequences of ignoring treatment can be.

mental-healthGiven that Arizona recently ranked 50th in the United States when it comes to mental healthcare access, it seems like a good time to share some statistics on mental health in Phoenix.

From the most recent statistics published by NAMI in 2010, Arizona:

  • Has 6,500,000 residents, 294,000 of which are living with severe mental illnesses (221,000 adults and 73,000 children)
  • Provides mental health services to just 18% of adults currently living with severe mental illnesses
  • Spends only 3.8% of total state spending on mental health agencies, which is roughly $157 per capita
  • Spends only 7% of all mental health spending on hospital care, the rest is on community services (national average is 28% hospital care)
  • Has 1,737 children in the juvenile court system, on average 70% of which have mental illnesses, and 20% of which have serious mental illnesses
  • Has 8,900 adults with mental illnesses in prisons (it’s estimates that 31% of females inmates and 14% of male inmates live with serious mental illnesses)
  • Had 979 Arizonans die by suicide (2006 statistics), which is one death every 9 hours
  • Had 69% of students 14 and older with serious mental health conditions drop out of school
  • Has no affordable housing options for citizens currently on Supplemental Security Income (average studio apartment rent costs are roughly 93% of the average SSI payment, making housing completely unaffordable)

Arizona needs to, and certainly can, do better than that. The individuals currently suffering mental health issues can be some of the most needing of quality care, and right now, we are dropping the ball.

Source: https://www2.nami.org/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm?ContentFileID=93480

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