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But Postell’s case also lays bare the difficulties mental health agencies face in administering treatment. All day Tuesday, people who read The Post’s canada goose coats on sale profile wondered aloud: Why is this man still buy canada goose jacket cheap out here? Why isn’t his family doing something? Why isn’t the government? Why can’t anyone get someone who might be the District’s most academically distinguished homeless person off the streets?

cheap Canada Goose The answer is twofold. Department of Behavioral Health can’t administer treatment to the mentally ill without consent. The only exception: if a doctor believes the person is an imminent danger to himself or herself, or to others. Even then, the city needs court approval to hold that person. “It’s about protecting someone’s rights,” canadian goose jacket spokeswoman Phyllis Jones said. “It’s like people who smoke. It’s a danger, but whether you seek treatment is voluntary.” cheap Canada Goose

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