Letter: Where are all of these mental health facilities?

Where are all of these
mental health facilities?

The writer of the letter entitled “Can’t dangerous mentally ill people live in a facility?” (July 2) should count his blessings to not be affected by this.

National Alliance on Mental Illness states that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year and only 41% of those in the United States with a mental health condition received mental health services. Many ask but do not receive it. More than 90% of people who commit suicide show symptoms of mental health issues. The Treatment Advocacy Center states that more than one quarter of individuals with chronic and severe mental illnesses had been victims of a violent crime in the past year, a rate more than 11 times higher than the general population.

With proper care and treatment, most can lead a normal life in society. But where are these mental health facilities? What about the rights of mentally ill people? Who pays for this?

I’d recommend everyone call their insurance carrier and inquire as to what kind of coverage is available to them and to their family with regards to this issue and how long a stay at such a facility might be. I think they might be enlightened.

Laurie Christeson
Livermore

 

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Letter: Where are all of these mental health facilities?