This edition: Troubled Minds: Mental Ilness and the Criminal Justice System
First aired: December 4, 2013.
A year after the Newtown Connecticut tragedy, gun control advocates and opponents can agree on one thing: we need to do a better job at identifying troubled individuals who might do violence to themselves and others. But that also requires re-examining our dysfunctional mental health system to ensure we don’t needlessly stigmatize thousands of Americans — and get them the help they need. Wendy Brennan, executive director of the New York office of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), and Crispin Jackson a CUNY student who has wrestled successfully with mental illness, discuss the challenges with host Steve Handelman on the next episode of Criminal Justice Matters.
Also on the program are Professor Katherine Stavrianopoulos of John Jay’s Counseling department, and a licensed psychologist; and Amalia Rudnick, a John Jay senior who is vice president of the John Jay NAMI chapter.
Wendy Brennan Executive Director, New York, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Crispin Jackson Student, CUNY
Amalia Rudnick Vice President,John Jay College chapter, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Prof. Katherine Stavrianopoulos Professor, Licensed Psychologist, John Jay College/CUNY