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May 24, 2013
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Panel tackles mental illness, violent behavior

Most mentally ill people aren’t dangerous. It’s the combination of mental illness and substance abuse that leads to trouble, residents were told Thursday. That was the gist of presentations by a panel of people with health and criminal justice backgrounds Thursday at a Sierra Nevada Forums presentation, an event that nearly filled the Plaza Conference Center’s main room. “They’re less likely to be involved in violent crimes,” said Dr. Tracey Green, medical director the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services in Nevada. She pointed out in her PowerPoint presentation that statistically, mentally ill people don’t commit more crimes than …

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