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    Here in Arizona it is more difficult to get an outpatient commitment because of the higher level of services required such as weekly case manager meetings.

    But there has never been enough money to make community based care workable.  

    When shit happens, you get fertilized.

    by ramara on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 12:55:07 PM PDT

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    •  On the other hand, (2+ / 0-)
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      marina, jessical

      the lack of community-based care may end up costing the taxpayer far more money in the long run as patients end up in psych ERs and on 72-hour holds. Penny wise, pound foolish.

      It's worth noting that President Carter signed a comprehensive Mental Health Systems Act, providing for widespread community-based supports, in the last year of his presidency, only to have it repealed by Reagan before it even went into effect. Reagan directed the money instead into mental health block grants that were sent to states with no guidelines whatsoever, and many states spent the money on expensive and often unnecessary inpatient treatment instead of the outpatient care that would prevent much of the need for inpatient care.

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