The practice of “streeting”—or releasing people with mental illnesses when psychiatric beds are not found for them—came to light in 2013 when that happened to Senator Creigh Deeds’ son, who later took his own life. But changes in civil commitment laws to reform the state’s crisis response system were subsequently approved and took effect last July. State officials have unveiled new statistics that reveal the effects of those reforms.
A new, three-part documentary begins tonight on public television. The subject is cancer, and the executive producer is Ken Burns.
“Our film project, The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me. There was never a moment in my awareness as a human being that I didn’t know something was desperately wrong with my mother. She died when I was 11, almost 12 years old. “
The program features research scientists and doctors.