Community leaders are more worried about the status of the mental health system than the general public, according to a new nationwide survey by the Campaign for the Mind of America.
"Americans are rightly concerned about the inadequacy of health care in our country, but one part of the health care that is dramatically worse than the rest" is the mental health care system, said Richard C. Birkel, executive director of NAMI - the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness. "We're still in the free fall. The situation is a national, even international, disgrace and increasingly dangerous."
The Campaign for the Mind of America is a multi-year national and state initiative to increase access to mental health treatment services by changing federal and state public policies and priorities.
Read the full Scripps Howard Wire article with more NAMI quotes, online at infoZine.