Is American’s mental-health care system broken?

An important aspect of brain health is our mental health. And now Newsweek has an article discussing the problems with America’s mental health care system.

“The mental-health-care ‘system’ in America is a broken system,” says Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “The system was already in crisis, and has become even less accessible over the last three years as state budgets for mental health—psychiatric beds [in hospitals], counseling, and other services—have been cut by $2 billion. States have eliminated 4,000 in-patient psychiatric beds.” NAMI’s Katrina Gay adds, “In many cases you can’t even get an evaluation for two to three months—and that’s assuming you know how to get one in the first place.”

Now the article might focus too much on the Jared Loughner angle, but the mental-health care system is an important issue and should be discussed at the national level.

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