AND POLICE SHED LIGHT ON HOW THEY'RE DEALING WITH
A DELICATE ISSUE.
AFTER A WOMAN IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TAKES HER
THE WOMAN WHO FORCED THE EVACUATION OF THE WISCONSIN
PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE AND CLINICS YESTERDAY HAS DIED
FROM A SELF INFLICTED GUN SHOT WOUND.
-- ERIC --
KNOWING HOW TO USE IT.
POLICE SAY SHE SHOWED UP AT THE CLINIC TUESDAY MORNING
- EXCHANGED WORDS WITH STAFF AND THEN FLED INTO A
THE SEARCH ENDED WITH GIBSON TAKING HER OWN LIFE.
TOO OFTEN RECENTLY WE HAVE SEEN INCIDENTS OF INDIVIDUALS
IN MENTAL CRISIS ENDING VIOLENTLY.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER IS HERE WITH MORE ON
THE PROBLEM AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS.
MICHELLE AND ERIC - LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM
THREE DIFFERENT AGENCIES WENT INTO THAT FIELD YESTERDAY
TO TRY TO FIND S JEAN GIBSON.
THEY KNEW SHE WAS POTENTIALLY A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY
THEY ALSO KNOW TOO OFTEN POLICE ARE ASKED TO DEAL
WITH A PROBLEM THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CAN NOT
SEEM TO HANDLE.
it leaves you with kind of a hollow feeling when we
can't help somebody.
IT IS A SITUATION THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS DANGEROUS.
SEARCHING AN OVERGROWN FIELD FOR AN ARMED INDIVIDUAL
WITH A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS.
when there's a firearm involved that is very tricky
because it takes a matter of a split second to take
a weapon you've got aimed at yourself and aim it at
IN THE END - OFFICERS WERE NOT ABLE TO SAVE HER.
WORSE YET - TOO OFTEN RECENTLY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
HAVE BEEN CALLED UPON TO DEAL WITH AN INDIVIDUAL IN
as a result of cutting services, social services,
medical services it is really the jails that have
become the place where we're confining people with
mental illness is the jail.
no it is not an appropriate, a much more appropriate
response is the expansion of community services.
JOURNEY MENTAL HEALTH IS ON THE FRONT LINE OF TREATING
INDIVIDUALS IN MENTAL CRISIS.
IN 20-12 THEY TREATED NEARLY 9,000 PATIENTS.IN DANE
THEY HAVE SEEN THE SUCCESS THAT CAN COME FROM PROVIDING
we believe that with the right services in the community
people are going to recover from mental illness.
they are going to move ahead, they are going to become
productive members of our community and we see that
all the time in our programs.
BUT WITH MORE DEMAND THAN THERE ARE SERVICES AVAILABLE
- IT IS LEFT TO THOSE WITH A BADGE.
we really feel like we are holding the line here,
hoping to be reinforced and we can only do that for
so long without tragic results and the line isn't
HELP MAY BE COMING HOWEVER.
JOURNEY MENTAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE HOPEFUL THAT STATE
FUNDING FOR COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES WILL
HELP TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF MENTAL CRISIS.
COUNTIES ARE ELEGIBLE FOR THAT FUNDING AND IT IS HOPED
THE PROGRAM WILL REACH INDIVIDUALS WHO CURRENTLY AREN'T
-- MICHELLE --
DAVE THANK YOU.