A Stealth Bill On Mental Health

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Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) has struggled for 17 years with the mental illness of his 34-year-old daughter, a victim of treatable schizophrenia. At meetings of family support groups, he has encountered similar travails. He recalls the mother whose 25-year-old son spent years in a catatonic stupor until a drug released him from the prison of mental illness, and the accountant whose two sons--both suffering from schizophrenia--simply disappeared one day. Only one ever returned.

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