Mental Health Advocate Dies

1 decade 2 years 2 days ago Friday, August 17 2007 Aug 17, 2007 Friday, August 17, 2007 11:10:40 AM CDT August 17, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man who pressed for passage of a state law making it easier to hospitalize the mentally ill is dead. Mark McBride died Monday at a local hospital. He was 47. McBride had been found semiconscious three days earlier after suffering a brain injury. Autopsy results are pending. In September 1994, his brother, a paranoid schizophrenic, killed their parents after refusing to take his medication or enter a treatment facility. Mark McBride pressed for what became known as the "McBride Bill, which became law in 1996. The law gives judges, psychiatrists and hospitals the right to consider certain behaviors as grounds for involuntary hospitalizations. He is survived by three siblings, two daughters and a former wife.

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