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California Law Attacks Rehab Facilities

The Fix | Posted 04.21.2017 | Los Angeles
The Fix

By Zachary Siegel and Allison McCabe Photo via Shutterstock Earlier this year, a small handful of state legislators began what can only be described a...

Rwanda: Empty Orphanages, Communities Filled with Hope

David Weiss | Posted 12.08.2016 | Impact
David Weiss

Marie (second from left) and Emil (fourth from left) have been reunited with their oldest sister Emmy (far right). Marie and Emil are typical seven-ye...

Giving Asylum to the Chronically Mentally Ill?

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

The illogical expectation that the chronically mentally ill will take care of themselves creates much more cost for our public safety, law enforcement, the medical system, the environment where homeless encampments take over parks and streamsheds and for other social services than it would cost to provide them with appropriate institutional care.

We Should All Be Ashamed

Allen Frances | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Because of inadequate treatment and housing, the mentally ill are extremely vulnerable to arrest for avoidable nuisance crimes -- it is as simple as stealing some food from a store, sleeping on a bench in a public park, or shouting back at voices in the middle of the night.

"These Days, You Have to Rob a Bank to Get Mental Health Treatment"

Allen Frances | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

This is the cruel paradox haunting our mental health non-system -- we deliver way too much care to basically normal people who don't need it, while providing way too little care to the really sick people who desperately do.

The Washington Navy Yard and Our Porous Mental Health System

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Mark Redmond

I know that it is not a simple or easy task to make these decisions about who we provide treatment for, and in what setting, especially since it involves the civil rights of individuals. But I cannot help but conclude the pendulum has swung too far in one direction.

Why We Cannot Deinstitutionalize Orphanages

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

In an ideal world, the issues of poverty would never play a central factor on a child's right to a loving home. Until that day happens, what about the children now? As the call to deinstitutionalize grows louder and spreads faster than alternative solutions, we risk losing a generation of children who for now don't have an alternative to living in an orphanage.

Prison Or Treatment For the Mentally ill

Allen Frances | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

The public revulsion over repeated mass shootings has placed mental health in the spotlight. This is both good and bad.

Me and Newtown

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

There was basically no town in Newtown, as I remember it. We had to catch a ride into New York City if we expected much fun.

Closing New York State Psychiatric Hospitals Is Dangerous

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.19.2012 | New York
DJ Jaffe

The impact of this insane let-em-lose-to-fend-for-themselves policy is cruel to people with mental illness who desperately need and want treatment. But it's also dangerous to the public.

Time to Be Smart On Crime and Punishment

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

Two weeks ago, I attended the first Meg Whitman-Jerry Brown gubernatorial debate in California. One of the things that struck me was the time-warp qua...