Behavioral Health Care

Overview

  • According to multiple studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center, these untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10% of all homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings), constitute 20% of jail and prison inmates and at least 30% of the homeless. Severely mentally ill individuals now inundate hospital emergency rooms and have colonized libraries, parks, train stations and other public spaces.
  • Altogether, the annual total public funds for the support and treatment of mentally ill individuals is now more than $140 billion.

    • In 2009, 4.7 million Americans received SSI or SSDI because of mental illnesses, not including mental retardation, a tenfold increase since 1977. The total cost was $46 billion.
    • The total Medicaid and Medicare costs for mentally ill individuals in 2005 was more than $60 billion.

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