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May 2014

The Rising Cost of Not Treating the Mentally Ill

Monday, 5/19/2014

USA Today just published an article on regarding the rising cost of untreated mental illness in a American along.  It outlined how this challenge has come to be from the deinsitutionalization of the mentally ill starting in the 1960s through the 1970s with the thought that the mentally ill would find treatment in their own communities.   What has truly occurred is that now the jails are the de facto psychiatric hospitals as are our local emergency rooms where some physicians in this article are quoted as stating that some people are left waiting in a hallway or an ER room for almost 2 weeks trying to get into a psychiatric hospital.

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