It is painful to lose relatives to violence or avoidable deaths and injuries caused by negligence. Yet that is a danger everyone in a society faces when acute mental patients lack proper treatment and subsistence assistance. Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs have proved to reduce homelessness, arrests, hospitalizations and incarceration by 85% or better among program participants in New York when compared to their experiences three years before joining an AOT program that mandates psychiatric treatment and provides subsistence assistance.
I believe that together, you and I can Change things. Homelessness, prison, and death must no longer be America's answers to poverty and mental illness. Acute mental patients do not usually vote for politicians who pass laws and decide budgets that have tremendous impact on their lives, but their millions of relatives and friends do. Every area should have police officers trained to deal with mentally challenged people without violence as well as sufficient hospital beds for inpatients for crisis intervention and for long-term care. Mental ill people in America who require containment must become hospital inpatients rather than prison inmates. Mental illness is like physical diseases such as heart trouble or diabetes in that it requires continual monitoring by health care professionals. That is why every community also needs active AOT programs to promote community safety, reduce its prison budget, and help acute mental patients be restored to wholesome living. The good news is that caring for the mentally ill saves money. Treatment Advocacy Center reports:
A study of mandatory outpatient treatment costs published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that use of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) can vastly reduce overall costs of mental health services for persons with serious mental illness.
“Common sense has always argued that treating people with severe mental illness is a lot cheaper than arresting, jailing and/or hospitalizing them – not to mention more humane,” said Doris A. Fuller, executive director. “Now Duke University and its research partners have produced the numbers to validate it.”
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