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Baton Rouge activist group hosts mental illness panel

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Leaders are once again voicing their concerns about the need for better mental health treatment in the Capital City.

Leaders With Vision hosted a panel today to talk about the challenges the city faces in treating the mentally ill, giving special recognition to mentally ill veterans. Their goal is to let the public know the options available for those in need of help before they end up in jail, where they cannot get help.

One of those options is an order of protective custody provided by the coroner's office.

"That's why I'm so passionate about mental health, getting the people the help they need. I don't think prison is the right place to send somebody, says EBR Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark M.D. "If they have mental health problems, they need to certainly be getting treatment by a physician."

If you or someone you know needs help, call the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office (225) 389-3047.

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