The sensible old days when there was a continuum of care for the mentally ill

Parts of the continuum of care provided to the mentally ill prior to de-institutionalization. That dastardly President Kennedy undermined the continuum of care for the mentally ill when he signed the Community Mental Health Act.

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In 2012 the cost for short term inpatient care for 7.4 day for individuals with schizophrenia who were uninsured was $5,707 dollars. With insurance the costs were higher. Short term inpatient care hospitals are very spartan, low tech places. There is no expensive equipment. Cost of care at long term mental hospitals could be about $350,000 a year for each patient. But if we could get a continuum of care for the mentally ill the cost would be worth it!

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