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  •  costs ratio? (1+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433

    Thanks to both Joan McCarter & tmservo433.

    Does anyone know if there any correlation to other social ills that we can reasonably make, with these numbers?

    •  Yes, there is.. (0+ / 0-)

      I'd have to find it, but there is a longterm analysis that was done by a national mental disabilities advocacy group.

      I'm going to ballpark it, but I'd have to find the numbers to be exact.

      It works out like this:

      Cost per year averages of US Prison:  $140k.
      % of prisoners with a mental disability?  Around 50%
      http://www.hrw.org/...

      While getting early help and resources for mental disability would not stop all of those criminals, most observers believe that the lack of help early on and even later directly leads to people committing illegal acts.

      In regards to social services, long term care of those with mental disabilities is one of the fastest rising segments of the budget; those who receive early youth care are able to live in cooperative home environments, where they can earn money, take care of themselves (for the most part) and have help available.   While society balks at the cost of these facilities, it is FAR, FAR less then the ongoing cost of permanent care where they have not received early support to learn how to take care of themselves, or worse, offend against the law because of lack of proper medication.

      We have to start taking a lot of this more seriously.   We're saving pennies at the cost of our soul.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 05:57:50 PM PST

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