“FIFTY YEARS AGO AMERICA BEGAN A GRAND EXPERIMENT by transferring to the federal government the fiscal responsibility for individuals with mental illnesses. During that half-century, it has become increasingly clear that the experiment has been a costly failure, both in terms of human lives and in terms of dollars.” – E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., The Heritage Foundation (more…)
This article states that 10% of U.S. homicides are committed by the untreated mentally ill. Before 1950, that number was 1-3%. The difference? John F. Kennedy’s wholesale closing of community mental hospitals. Just because some diseases can’t be cured doesn’t mean the public shouldn’t be protected. Some people can’t and shouldn’t be mainstreamed into society.