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  •  In California we are doing better since we passed (1+ / 0-)
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    the Mental Health Services Act. This is a 1% tax on those who make more than a million dollars a year. We now have more than just "medication management" through the Department of Mental Health and also organizations such as Mental Health America (by the way if you know of a homeless mentally ill person check MHA out. In my area they have a terrific homeless assistance program that literally saves lives.)

    The DMH has therapy and also support groups in addition to the medication. And MHA has peer-run support groups.

    Recently a study came out that shows that due to the Mental Health Services Act the numbers of mental health consumers who are able to live independently have gone up.

    These kinds of programs have also helped keep people from the revolving-door system of repeated hospitalizations. A 72 hour hold is not really enough time to get someone stabilized and when they are let loose they may not have the insurance to pay for medications. Thanks to this Act there are fewer people falling through the cracks.

    However I am not aware if they have anything specifically tailored for veterans. I guess that would be with the VA and their funding is separate as far as I know.

    It is a shame that the government does such a poor job of taking care of our solders who have put their lives on the line for our country and then abandon them when they get home. Any politician that cuts funding for veterans ought to be fired.

    If billionaires can afford to spend millions of dollars so that they can avoid paying taxes and fair wages, then they *can afford* to pay taxes and fair wages!

    by Pixie5 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:32:03 PM PDT

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