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NewMexico.jpg After the courts struck down an Albuquerque ordinance requiring forced medication for outpatient treatment, the mayor vowed to return this issue to the legislature. According to the Albuquerque Journal the state has cut back on funding for outpatient programs. According to Nancy Koenigsberg from the advocacy organization, Protection and Advocacy,

The ordinance that was struck (down) acknowledged that for any kind of treatment to achieve its goal, it must be linked to a system of comprehensive care in which state and local authorities work together to ensure outpatients receive case management or special services.

Last year New Mexico ranked last in the nation's states for spending on mental health. StigmaNet has been compiling archives on how the fight over Kendra's Law is played in many of the 42 states that have adopted this law.

The issue pits supporters such as Sen. Pete Dominici, Gov. Bill Richardson, and the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness against organizations such as the New Mexico ACLU and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C.

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