Martin O'Malley
Democrat

Martin O'Malley's policies onHealthcare

Stop criminalizing mental illness

As detailed in his criminal justice reform plan, O’Malley will set a national goal of reducing the number of Americans with serious mental illness behind bars—a circumstance that reflects poor systems of care, and creates worse problems for people’s families and communities when they are incarcerated. He will set expectations for state mental health care systems and use a variety of tools to assure best practices of outpatient care, diversion from jail for nonviolent offenses, and other important steps are being taken across the country.

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