State Looking Into Mental Illness Reporting Disparities

Figures compiled by the AG find some counties like Cuyahoga reporting thousands of cases of people ordered to receive mental illness treatment by judges, while other counties such as Lake or Delaware reported few or none.(Photo: Ohio Attorney General's Office)
Figures compiled by the AG find some counties like Cuyahoga reporting thousands of cases of people ordered to receive mental illness treatment by judges, while other counties such as Lake or Delaware reported few or none.(Photo: Ohio Attorney General's Office)

The Ohio attorney general’s office says numbers collected under a state gun law requiring courts to report information about people subject to court-ordered hospitalization for mental illnesses don’t add up.

The attorney general’s office has ordered its regional field representatives to survey Ohio’s probate courts to figure out why numbers vary so widely across the state.

Figures compiled by the AG find some counties like Cuyahoga reporting thousands of cases of people ordered to receive mental illness treatment by judges, while other counties such as Lake or Delaware reported few or none.

Steve Raubenolt with the AG’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation tells The Associated Press the numbers that counties are reporting leave a lot to be desired.

The reporting requirement was included in Ohio’s 2004 concealed weapons law.

Comments
  • Marlene Talbott-Green PhD

    This “reporting” only covers those who come to the attention of the authorities, nobody else who experiences the psychology of “gun allure.” It’s not a diagnostic category. Background checks would be a little more accurate.
    This is not to mention the complications that arise due to different definitions of mental illness between mental illness professionals and the legal establishment. This can become a problem of putting “violence” away from gun owners and onto the mental health profession, which will not work.