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Get troubled children the help they need

In the wake of the horrific and heartbreaking shootings in Newtown, Conn., there has been a lot of talk about mental health. Other stories that have emerged have also been distressing: a mother who is fearful of her 13-year-old son; a psychiatrist who could not get services for his boy until the police came in, hogtied his son and took him away.

What is striking about the discussion in recent days is how often the worlds of mental illness and criminal justice intersect. But surely a police station, court or prison is not the appropriate place for our children to be evaluated and treated for mental health.

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