Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill

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Zimonna Crawford
HSM 210
Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill

The article that I chose to write about was found on the University website. The title of the article was: Mayors: Keep the Mentally Ill in institutions to Reduce Homelessness. In this article it was urged that the Mayors of major cities stop releasing those people that are mentally ill into the streets. I the article states that these people are being released without a proper care plan. They do not have any outside support and they end up on the streets causing homelessness problems in the cities around the country. There is also a lack of government help to provide affordable housing for those released from the institutions. In the article they mentioned something new in which they would privatize the services offered to the mentally ill once they are released from an institution. It was also stated that the institutions should not release a person into society without the right support system in place. Because of the lack of housing for the mentally ill they end up on the street, this in turn causes the crime rate to increase as well as the spread of diseases. Most of the mentally ill people that are released have other underlining problems such as alcohol and drug addictions. With alcohol one may become aggressive and cause fights or disagreements. Still with the use of drugs people share contraband and then we have to worry about the spread of diseases. In many communities there are organizations set up to defuse these situations by providing clean syringes and pipes. They also provide counseling such as AA meetings in the community. They have also set up local mental health centers, where people could go get the help and resources they need.
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