Devolution into America's Largest Mental Hospital
It’s known as the
For many in the prison, they were searching for treatment, NPR reports. Treatment that is unavailable in the community.
Dr. Arakel Davtian, one of the psychiatrists at the prison, tells the reporters how easy it is for a person to end up at the
“Indecent exposure, having open containers, something very, very minor. Peeing on the street, disturbing the peace,” Dr. Davtian says.
The transformation of the
“Rather than leading to quality treatment in small, community settings,” NPR reports, “it often resulted in no treatment at all. As a consequence, thousands of mentally ill ended on the streets, where they become involved in criminal activity.”
It is now time to move from this devolution of social policy, to a more evolved program of assisted outpatient treatment.