The State House has approved legislation allowing people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to get gun licenses. Andrew Johnson with the state Department of Behavioral Health, says his agency hasn’t taken a stand on the bill. But he says the proposal would require a judge to review cases where someone has been ordered into out-patient treatment.
A public-private collaboration wants to find Southeast Georgia's 100 most seriously mentally ill patients. The goal is to identify the area's most at-risk population for homelessness, jail or hospitalization -- and give them extra resources to stay out of trouble. Once indentified, patients will work with peer navigators to lower recidivism.