Professor Amanda Pustilnik’s contribution to this discussion is, unfortunately, disappointing. In my opinion, she has an ethical and moral obligation to explain to us why she advocates a particular policy—whatever that may be—instead of making such profoundly naïve pronouncements about how we should work together to help the mentally ill—do what? So that “ill people who get out of hospitals don’t need a Ph.D. and a team of administrative assistants to figure out how to continue their care at home”?
This, followed by high school–level “rah, rah, sis, boom, bah, … gooo… team!” … is a pathetic, if not naive attempt to insult those who take the issues of liberty and responsibility seriously, be they “libertarian” or not.
Back to square one, Professor. What do you mean by “mental illness”? How do you define “mental illness”? How do you describe “it”? How does “it” compare to real illness? Why isn’t it included in standard textbooks on pathology? What do you mean by treatment? What about due process? What about the failure to accurately predict who will and who will not harm self and others? How do you explain “it”? What are the various implications for legal, clinical, social and public policy, when you define, describe, and explain “it” one way compared to another?
Until you can answer some of these questions, I’m afraid it’s hard to take you seriously.