To the Editor:
“A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions” (front page, June 17):
Our mental health care system, which is reeling from repeated state, county and federal budget cuts, is simply too overwhelmed to provide all of the compassionate and quality treatment that patients need. It is imperative that we as a society prioritize the treatment of psychiatric disorders to align with the high prevalence of these disabling conditions.
Doing so would ultimately cost less than warehousing and treating people in jails and prisons, where those with mental illnesses all too often end up.
JOHN OLDHAM [pictured]
American Psychiatric Association
Arlington, Va., June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
How Budget Cuts Affect the Mentally Ill
A letter to the editor published in the June 24th edition of The New York Times: