Gerald Durk Simpson, 54, was transported to a mental health facility in September after authorities say he shot and severely wounded a 25-year-old man who was leaving a coffee shop located near Simpson's home.There was a community program to keep on eye on him, presumably looking for signs of increasing mental illness problems:
Simpson did the shooting soon after being removed from a state mental health program, according to police.
During the 2011 Idaho Legislature, state health officials testified that hundreds of clients had been dropped from mental health programs amid staffing cuts.
Idaho Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, was among lawmakers who expressed concerns about how well the state was following up with clients who were cut from the system, citing the shooting in eastern Idaho.
Simpson was one of about 70 people in the Pocatello area who were checked on as part of an Idaho Health and Welfare program. The checks through the program, however, in July 2010 because of state budget cutsI'm sure that many of the others who were also dropped did not do anything troublesome. Still, you wonder what the net cost of dropping this program was, when you include the costs of treatment for his victim, his jail time since, evaluation by the court, and now his time sitting in a mental hospital.
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