LANSING, Mich. – Today, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously voted in support of his legislation to require investigations into deaths by suicide or unknown causes within 48 hours of a patient being discharged from a psychiatric treatment facility:
“The loss of a loved one from suicide is one of the most painful things a family can go through. It’s up to us to do everything we can to prevent suicide, and that includes investigating when patients die following psychiatric care. My bill will help us get to the bottom of this tragic pattern and identify better ways to help fellow Michiganders who are suffering through dark times.”
Senate Bill 813 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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