From the Morning Memo:

Members of the Western New York delegation are applauding the state Senate for passing a bill that would make Kendra’s Law permanent, and they’re urging their Assembly colleagues to follow suit.

The law, originally signed in 1999, allows judges to order assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill individuals who are deemed a safety threat but will not voluntarily seek treatment.

The measure was named after Kendra Webdale, a WNY native who was killed when she was pushed in front of a New York City subway train by a man with untreated schizophrenia.

The law is set to expire in 2017. The primary sponsor in the state Senate, Cathy Young, said extending it only temporarily – yet again – would be foolish for a system that clearly works.

“Across the state, from New York City to Western New York, there have been hundreds of cases of untreated mental illness with tragic consequences during the past several years,” Young said.

“This carnage must stop. For the sake of those with mental illness in our community, and the future of public safety, it is urgent that action is taken in the Assembly to make Kendra’s Law permanent.”

State Sen. Pat Gallivan, a former Erie County sheriff and ex-state trooper, is one of the bill’s many co-sponsors. He said studies have shown the law both improves the quality of care for the mentally ill and enhances public safety.

“By strengthening and improving Kendra’s Law, we can help prevent people suffering from profound mental illness from doing harm to themselves or other,” Gallivan said. “The legislation has been successful in preventing violence and ensuring that patients receive the treatment they need. Now it’s time to make the law permanent.”

The measure does add increased rules to the law, primarily to make sure treatment orders are carried out. Democrat Aileen Guenther is the Assembly sponsor.