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Emotional testimony on Sen. Steve O’Ban’s bill to help people with severe mental illness

By tracyellis | Published on January 31, 2020

People with severe mental illness who are in and out of mental hospitals and jails because they refuse treatment could soon get some help.

State Senator Steve O’Ban is sponsoring a bill that would allow courts to assign a special guardian to make care decisions for those who are incapable of recognizing their need for help.


He held a press conference, which was followed by a hearing. Both included gut-wrenching statements and testimony that you can hear now.

The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus.