The family of Michael Anthony Kerr may have won a settlement to the tune of 2.5 million dollars from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), but they lost far more than they gained. NAMI NC remains outraged by the death and treatment of Mr. Kerr, who remained in segregation for more than a month prior to his death. It is not effective to use solitary confinement with people experiencing mental illness. Suicides occur more often, symptoms become more pronounced, and decompensation requiring crisis care to hospitalization. Plus, there are numerous reports that prison personnel believed Mr. Kerr was malingering his symptoms. Imagine being told you were faking your medical condition. What a truly devastating approach for Mr. Kerr and his family.
We are pleased with the dedication from the Department of Public Safety to make mental health care a priority. From Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for prison personnel to participation in the VERA grant program to find alternatives to solitary confinement, we remain hopeful that another situation like Mr. Kerr’s can be prevented. DPS has committed to expanding mental health treatment in the prison system. However, the Department of Public Safety needs the support of our lawmakers to fund these initiatives.
NAMI North Carolina statement on Michael Kerr settlementnami nc
NAMI North Carolina statement on Michael Kerr settlement
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