THE LATEST: AN AZCIR FOUR-PART SERIES ABOUT ARIZONA’S CHRONICALLY MENTALLY ILL
Arnold v. Sarn, a class action lawsuit that called for services for people with serious mental illness regardless of cost, celebrates its fortieth birthday this year. The litigation ended in 2014 with a settlement agreement that largely replaced “shall” with “may,” encouraging the system to try its best while softening requirements, and permanently doing away with a court monitor—the last remnant of robust accountability that had been in place for decades. Now Charles “Chick” Arnold, the lead plaintiff, says the agreement should have been more aggressive.
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John Creamer, an accomplished academic, initially resisted his schizophrenia diagnosis after a psychotic episode altered his life and career.
With the goal of helping the very sickest people with mental illness, Josh Mozell has taken on Chick Arnold’s caseload – and his cause.
Advocates for people with serious mental illness call for reforms at the Arizona State Hospital, and more beds.
Some of the sickest people in Arizona live in some of the worst places, like unlicensed boarding homes considered by many to be a thing of the past.
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