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What Rosie DiManno Gets Wrong About Mental Illness | Diane Weber Bederman

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What Rosie DiManno Gets Wrong About Mental Illness


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Rose Becke (141)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 3:23 pm
She implied that Richard Kachkar, the man recently found not criminally responsible for killing a Toronto police sergeant in 2011, is not ready to reenter society even though his doctors say that he is a model patient who has made improvements through the use of therapy and drugs.

Last March, just after his Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) plea, Kachkar was considered a significant threat to public safety by a well-respected psychiatrist. By July his medical team at Ontario Shores had noted a marked improvement in his mental health as a result of the care he had received. For DiManno "Kachkar's abrupt mental health U-turn is unfathomable." She doesn't approve of Kachkar being given passes off the grounds of Ontario Shores. It "jangles" her that Kachkar "convinced" his doctors that he is better because for DiManno, "golly" it was quick. How could Kachkar possibly be "calm and co-operative" and "compliant" so quickly?

Kamia T (89)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:34 pm
I'm not sure that the issue is whether or not he is now healthy or mentally stable. If so, then would it not be equitable, since he took another person's life, for him to be remanded to a prison where he served some time? There ARE psychopaths who will do or say anything to get their way, including freedom after doing something heinous. If he is now well, and understands the severity of what he has done, then he should be willing and required to wait for his freedom.
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