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The reports and investigations quoted in this 24-page report attest to the unraveling of the nation's public policy for meeting the needs of people with major mental illnesses.

For decades, state mental health systems have been burdened with ineffective service-delivery programs and stagnant bureaucracies. Their operations have become rote, spurred to change only by crises. Combined with ever-increasing fiscal pressures, this situation has precluded innovation and kept most systems from incorporating the new and more effective interventions developed in recent years. As a result, patched-up state mental health systems have all but disintegrated, falling ever farther from the ideal of accessible, effective services that promote meaningful community membership. (Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law)
Washington, D.C.
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