Kansas City shooter had been committed
Unfortunately, only for six hours.
"At a Monday news conference, his sister, Kathy Cagg, spoke of how her brother had a long history of mental illness combined with alcohol abuse. He had been hospitalized in October as suicidal, but only for six hours...."
“There is no guarantee that they will be kept for 96 hours,” said Jackson County Circuit Judge Kathleen Forsyth. “Doctors can let them out any time. Sadly, there is no guarantee they’ll even let them in. Many times the hospital is full up.”
Sometimes, she said, patients are let out in a matter of hours.
The local state mental health hospital, Western Missouri Mental Health, had 100 inpatient adult psychiatric beds five years ago. With about $6 million in funding cuts, that number has been reduced to 75.
Moreover, prior to 2003, Missouri employed mental health coordinators in its community mental health centers statewide. These individuals were trained to go to people’s homes to help families evaluate whether a loved one needed to be committed for evaluation or care which, depending on the case, could last up to a year. The coordinators helped the family through the judicial process. In 2003, those positions were eliminated.
[Hat tip to Clayton Cramer]