Thanks to his lawyer Preston Leschins, reports the NEW YORK POST, his defacement of church property resulted in treatment. Blumenthal also made his "amends" in the form of 100 hours of community service and $6,000 restitution.
Most others who are mentally ill and get caught up in the legal system aren't as fortunate. They wind up in prison, usually without sophisticated treatment. Why don't both the legal and medical communities admit how little they really know about mental illness and allow for experiments as has taken place with the Blumenthal case.
Recently a former college classmate - Class of '67 - who retired from the mental-health profession admitted to me that so little is known about what causes mental illness and what can relieve the symtoms as well as the extreme suffering. I, who have battled clinical depression since I was 11, asked her when she realized it. It was recent, she said. Her daughter had become mentally ill. Her daughter is still mentally ill.