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As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

This article written nearly a year ago by Brandi Grissom for The New York Times is as relevant today as the day it rolled off the presses. I’m reposting several that continue to have real and pressing significance on society at large and particularly amongst us mental health/helping professionals valiantly attempting to stem the tides. This article discusses once again how a criminal justice agency has become the de facto largest provider of mental health services within a community. I could speak to the shame that mentally ill, and or chemically addicted individuals oft find themselves on the wrong end of the law. I could refer to the shortages, and closures of community based mental health services or the dearth of judicial alternatives to incarceration/diversion programs but yoy the active helping professionals are aware of all of that. You who are in the trenchesa caring for these clients are well aware of their pain and precarious situations.

I think it is significant when I occasionally peruse the NASW Classified Ads and see for several years running the advertisement from The California (among other states) Department of Corrections in search of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. What does that say about us as a society? Surely it informs us continued job security but at what cost when our young and most vulnerable are continuing to be tied up in a criminal justice morass? Why does the young inmate in this article who lives with Bipolar Disorder need to receive medication and much more consistent care than he would in his own community? When will we realize that without appropriate and affordable care available within the community we as a society will continue to pay much much more through increased taxation to pay for their very expensive incarceration.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

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