Mental health system failing us all

The state of Alabama failed Rufus Evans III and his family. It failed Tyler Dawayne Lisenby and his family. Alabama's mental health agency failed everyone in the community and it fails people everyday.

Lisenby is dead and Evans' life will never be the same. The lives of their families and friends will be changed forever.

Just months before Evans was arrested for shooting Lisenby to death, Evans' sister filed a mental health petition claiming her brother was mentally ill. A short visit to Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health Care Systems showed he was very calm, coherent and lucid. That visit...