Mental Illness Policy Org wants to hear from individuals who went to an emergency room seeking emergency treatment for a serious mental illness and were either turned away without a medical screening and injured themselves or someone else as a result of a lack of treatment,  inadequate treatment or the emergency room’s failure to admit you to a hospital.

If you, or someone you know, has experienced a problem with getting psychiatric care in an emergency room in the last 18 months, please  email Mental Illness Policy Org. at with your complete contact info and specific story including name of hospital and dates.  The information will be confidential and not be used without your permission.  Follow Mental Illness Policy Org on Facebook and Twitter (@MentalIllPolicy)

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DJ Jaffe is Executive Director of the non-partisan Mental Illness Policy Org., and author of Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill. He is a critic of the mental health industry for ignoring the seriously ill, and has been advocating for better treatment for individuals with serious mental illness for over 30 years. He has written op-eds on the intersection of mental health and criminal justice policy for the New York Times, Wall St. Journal and the Washington Post. New York Magazine has credited him with being the driving force behind the passage of New York’s Kendra’s Law and Congress incorporated ideas proposed by DJ in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.