60 Minutes: Connecting Mental Illness to Violence with Little Data, Facts

60 Minutes: Connecting Mental Illness to Violence with Little Data, Facts

Our mental health system has been broken since the 1980s, when the plan to close down most of the nation’s state hospitals relied on the states (and their short-sighted budgets and stigma- and prejudicial-laden visions) to pick up the slack of what to do with patients who need more care or oversight than outpatient alone can provide.

It’s the same old story, only now with the twist of violence to add to it. We systematically and systemically underfund the health system in the U.S., and this is just one piece of that underfunding. Society is now perfectly fine with locking up the mentally ill who need more help than outpatient can provide in prisons instead of state hospitals.

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