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Help mentally ill help themselves


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2013

~~<p>Across the nation, 41 other states have found a better way than we have to help the most vulnerable of their mentally ill population. Here, many of those in this group, people who are so ill that they've lost the ability to care for themselves, also have family or loved ones who can intervene on their behalf.</p>
<p>But there's also a relatively small group of people who fall between the cracks and find themselves cycling between homelessness, arrest for misdemeanors, involuntary commitment in the state hospital and then back out again. Each pass through this revolving door leaves them weaker and takes a toll on social services and criminal-justice systems, too.</p>
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Across the nation, 41 other states have found a better way than we have to help the most vulnerable of their mentally ill population. Here, many of those in this group, people who are so ill that they've lost the ability to care for themselves, also have family or loved ones who can intervene on their behalf.

But there's also a relatively small group of people who fall between the cracks and find themselves cycling between homelessness, arrest for misdemeanors, involuntary commitment in the state hospital and then back out again. Each pass through this revolving door leaves them weaker and takes a toll on social services and criminal-justice systems, too. Login for more...



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