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Greg Hansch

Public Policy Director, NAMI Texas


Greg Hansch is the Public Policy Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas.

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Severe mental illness and the death penalty

Assessing capital punishment in these unique and infrequent cases disregards the growing scientific consensus that severe mental illness can significantly impair one’s ability to make rational decisions, understand the consequences of one’s actions and control one’s impulses. It sweeps aside our collective responsibility to provide adequate care options for persons with mental health disabilities.