Community supports help people with mental illness stay on a path of recovery. Unfortunately, many communities don’t have adequate services and supports for people who live with mental health conditions and their families. Because of that, many people with mental illness end up in emergency rooms, in jail or homeless.
About 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails every year—many for non-violent offenses—and about 1 in 5 people experiencing homelessness lives with a serious mental illness. Every American with serious mental illness should have stable housing, crisis services and the supports they need to live and work in the community.
Do your candidates support recovery for people with mental illness?
To find out where your candidate stands, ask them:
- What will you do to end the jailing of people with mental illness?
- How will you get people with mental illness who are homeless into stable housing?
- What will you do to help people experiencing mental health crises?
A mental health champion who seeks to support recovery would promote:
- Ensuring 24/7 mobile crisis response teams that can de-escalate mental health crises and help people with mental illness get the treatment they need
- Increasing the availability of stable housing, including Permanent Supportive Housing, which provides safe and affordable housing linked to voluntary services to meet the needs of people with mental illness
- Promoting peer support services, which support recovery and engagement in treatment
- Expanding Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), a community policing model that helps law enforcement divert people to mental health treatment instead of jail
Suggested Facebook post:
2 million Americans living with mental illness are jailed each year—mostly for non-violent offenses and often because they did not get the treatment and supports they needed. This year, vote for candidates who will end the jailing of people with mental illness. #Vote4MentalHealth www.nami.org/Vote4MentalHealth