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Guest Editorial: Condemning the Mentally Ill to a Slow Death on the Streets

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

In a moving and fact-filled editorial, Jane Cook asks tough questions about mental health laws that have been in effect since the late ‘60s —laws that condemn the mentally ill to a slow death on the street. As Jane states, “We do no better than Medieval society, wherein the "village fool" wandered the roads, laughed at and given minimal contemptuous charity.” And she makes the strong case that the homeless crisis cannot be solved until we provide an adequate mental health diagnostic and treatment system for the 30-50% of the homeless who are mentally ill.

Read the editorial here.



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