Addressing the Mental Health Crisis

Subways, hotels, prisons and temporary shelters should not be substitutes for mental health beds. We must expand the supply of residential treatment facilities for people with mental illness. OCR supports the removal of the exclusion for I.M.D. (“institutions for mental disease,” i.e., psychiatric hospitals) funding, which would require federal Medicaid to cover in-hospital treatment. 

We support strengthening laws to mandate treatment of mentally ill people who present a danger to themselves or to others, such as Kendra’s Law. People with mental illness deserve to get necessary treatment and it is the responsibility of government to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

So many lives have been lost because our elected officials have been unwilling to address this crisis with competence and compassion. Lives will continue to be lost and wasted unless this crisis is addressed.

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