All it took was a sufficient number of mental health professionals and policy-makers explaining why it was okay that so many mentally ill people are landing in jails and homeless shelters and other unnecessary states of crisis.
I’m worried that we emptied the hospitals, only to fill the jails.
Instead of looking at people as walking diagnosis-based billing codes, we need to look at them as individuals who want to succeed and achieve the highest level of independence their individual life story allows.
Want to make sure people are on welfare for the least amount of time possible? Make sure those welfare programs actually work.