"The Boston Globe Spotlight series paints a disturbing picture of the current state of mental health care in the Commonwealth. Vulnerable people and their families are left to fend for themselves. Individuals who suffer from severe and debilitating mental illness are often criminalized or lack access to appropriate treatment. Our criminal justice system has become the de-facto provider of behavioral health services. The response of the legislature to tragic stories from our first responders, our courts, and our family members has been anemic at best. Our system does not adequately serve those with severe mental illness, and it is well beyond the time to take bold action."

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