Jan Brewer on Civil Rights
Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society
As governor, I insisted that we properly fund and fundamentally reform behavioral health into a holistic, community-based system. With good faith negotiations in the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, this goal was accomplished. This win-win solution allows the
seriously mentally ill to participate in society in a more meaningful way, and to receive the services and care they require and deserve. We also introduced metrics to evaluate the system and hold it accountable.
As a result of these historic reforms,
I was proud to announce last week an agreement--subject to final court approval--that will end the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, while reaffirming Arizona's commitment to a community-based behavioral health care system.
Now, let me be clear:
While this watershed agreement ends more than 30 years of litigation, it is structured so that if a future Governor or Legislature fails to live up to its terms, plaintiffs will be able to reopen the case. This should NEVER happen!
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature
, Jan 13, 2014
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