Criminalization of mental illness and promise of mental health courts discussed at next Kiger Hour

Utah State University professor Leon Anderson, head of the USU Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, has witnessed the transformation of treatment of the mentally ill through the experiences of the homeless on the streets, in jail and in mental health drop-in centers. Anderson will discuss this transformation in a talk entitled “The Criminalization of Mental Illness and the Promise of Mental Health Courts” at the next Kiger Hour on Thursday, March 22. Anderson says he wants to make people aware of how treatment of the seriously mentally ill has changed over time and what the new movement of mental health courts can offer. Anderson worked in social services with troubled adolescents in Anchorage, Alaska and was an award-winning writer for the Anchorage Daily News before becoming a professor. He will speak Thursday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s Steak and Seafood, 2427 North Main in Logan. Call 797-2796 for more information.

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