Holly Gieszl

Jul 2, 2021

‘Dysfunctional’ board for insane phasing out

Arizona will soon do away with the state board responsible for deciding the supervision and placement of those found to be guilty except insane for serious crimes, following years of concern about the board’s inconsistent practices and decision-making.

May 14, 2021

Tragedy strengthens effort to eliminate board

Sen. Nancy Barto is spearheading an effort to abolish the state board that decides whether those who commit serious crimes but were found guilty except insane are fit to return to the community.

Laurie and Chuck Goldstein hold a newspaper clipping of their son, who is diagnosed schizoaffective and has battled with substance abuse. The Goldsteins fought for 15 years to get their son the treatment he needed to live a better life. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 8, 2017

Dearth of treatment services, ‘outmoded’ approach plague dually diagnosed patients

Treatment services are severely lacking for people who are diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders, and what some criticize as an outdated approach throws up obstacles in times of need.