Improving Mental Health Care: Issue Gets Needed Attention

Improving Mental Health Care: Issue Gets Needed Attention

The lack of a cost-effective mental-health-care system in the United States results in outcomes that are both painfully hidden and obvious.

Millions of Americans with serious mental illnesses — and their families — suffer in silence, often unable to obtain or afford treatment.

Legions of others display signs of mental illness in public — on streets, in alleys and other places that they and other homeless people frequent.

Whatever the circumstances, mental illness and a widespread lack of accessible, affordable treatment are symptoms of a national crisis — one that creates hardships in communities and families.

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