This past week, CPNP joined its partners in the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) coalition in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the US House Committee on the Judiciary to oppose any gun violence policy that furthers the dangerous conflation of mental health and gun violence or encourages the practice of involuntary commitment.
This letter, which can be read by viewing the full press release, urges the committee to:
- Recognize that evidence shows that mental illness does not make a person dangerous and instead makes them more likely to be victimized.
- Acknowledge that extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) perpetuate the myth that those living with mental illness perpetrate acts of violence.
- Recognize that civil commitment has a profound effect on the lives of those affected and should not be considered indiscriminately for persons living with mental illness.*
An electronic version of this letter will be available on CPNP’s advocacy web pages when provided by the coalition.
*CPNP supports interventions that are in place to prevent suicide or homicide when there is intent, plan, and/or means.