It's the question every Tucsonan has asked since Jan. 8: Accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner showed so many signs of mental illness, but apparently didn't seek help and wasn't forced into treatment. Why not?

It's the question every Tucsonan has asked since Jan. 8: Accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner showed so many signs of mental illness, but apparently didn't seek help and wasn't forced into treatment. Why not? 

  • Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star

Yes, the 18-year-old man acknowledged, he did turn off his mother's car while she was driving it. "There was a dog running behind us - that's what I thought," he told a judge in a small Pima County courtroom on the fifth floor of UPH Hospital at Kino.

  • Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star

When it comes to getting treatment for a serious mental illness, many Tucsonans would be better off being destitute. Fewer than half of the 765,000 or so working-age adults in Pima County have employer-provided medical benefits, census data show.

Nicholas Breitborde, UA assistant professor of psychiatry, will lead a panel of local and national experts at "A Delicate Balance: Creating a …