Shouldering the burden of inadequate treatment
But untreated mental illness also burdens law enforcement in less apparent ways. Take the case of Mark L. Jackson – a man who allegedly made multiple bomb threats in the Chesapeake, Virginia area. Obviously, every threat of this type must be taken seriously, requiring significant law enforcement resources and manpower. But this isn’t the sort of cost that can be easily included in a budget request – it’s simply another hidden cost of Virginia’s failure to provide effective mental health care.