KUSA - As the country contemplates better ways to help the severely mentally ill, one Colorado family is telling a very personal story to 9Wants to Know to help raise awareness of a potential problem in the country's medical privacy laws.
Ari Liggett, 26, will spend the rest of his life in prison for poisoning and dismembering his mother in 2012. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder in November 2014.
His sister and father agreed to speak at length with 9NEWS in the hopes that it might help other families better understand mental illness.
At issue is 1996's HIPAA law which prevents parents from accessing the medical information of their children once the child turns 18.
Just days before Ari Liggett poisoned his mother with cyanide, Beverly Liggett called Ari's psychiatrist desperate for information on her son.
She had been growing increasingly concerned about his behavior and was trying to find out if her son was still taking his medications.
By law, the psychiatrist could not call her back.
On Monday at 9 and 10 p.m., 9Wants to Know takes a closer look at a story with national implications.
Join 9NEWS, Bev Marquez from the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners and Scott Glaser from NAMI Colorado, the National Alliance on Mental Illness on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the below web chat to discuss mental illness issues and HIPAA.
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