Community Based Treatment Services Accessing treatment is quite difficult when there is such a lack of availability of resources in the community. Throughout the United States there is a need for more mental health treatment and additional housing in the communities. Due to state and federal funding and program cuts, there are more closures of facilities. The remaining local facilities are extremely overcrowded which impacts treatment. With the increase number of patients, case management services may not be in a position to provide quality care in a timely manner. People have also become less tolerant of the mentally ill offenders. Many of them believe that these offenders deserve a tough prison sentence and that anything less would be too lenient. However, without the proper treatment in prison, these offenders will be back on the streets among society and potentially worse off from a mental standpoint.
Deinstitutionalization When I first heard