Getting Treatment For Mental Illness
We spend $140 billion on public mental health services in this country, but at any given time, approximately half of all seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all. Lack of public understanding is part of the problem: many still believe severe mental illness is psychological rather than biological. Federal programs conceived half a century ago to replace much maligned state institutions were poorly conceived, never adequately coordinated and, by all accounts, woefully inadequate. Today, family members, police officers and the courts find themselves on the front lines of this crisis. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges of getting help for people with severe mental illness.
president, Treatment Advocacy Center.
clinical professor of psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center and vice president, American Academy of Psychiatry & The Law.
police chief, New Windsor, N.Y. and past president, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police
congressman, (R-Penn, 18th).
Read An Excerpt
Reprinted from "American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System" by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. with permission from Oxford University Press. Copyright © E. Fuller Torrey 2014