Georgia today agreed to expand community care to keep thousands of people with mental illness out of its substandard, and sometimes deadly, psychiatric hospitals. The agreement settles a 3-year-old lawsuit brought by the Justice Department after my pals Andy Miller (left) and Alan Judd at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rolled out a shocking series of stories about the state’s failures in mental health care.
Federal authorities deported a mentally ill North Carolina man even though he was an American citizen and had never set foot in Mexico before he was deported there, the ACLU alleged in a lawsuit filed today. Mark Lyttle, now living in Griffin, spent four months in jails and homeless shelters in Central America before he got back to the U.S. “I didn’t think what happened to my brother could ever happen in America,” said David Lyttle, one of his brothers. Read the ACLU news release and the lawsuit.