Fund treatment of mental illness

Manhattan: The Daily News Editorial Board is right — jail shouldn’t be the place that people with mental illness go to get better (“Crazy train,” editorial, Sept. 23). There are hundreds of community-based organizations, like mine, that have continued to provide stable housing and clinical services to people with schizophrenia and other serious illnesses throughout the pandemic.

We know how to help the seriously mentally ill but lack the political will to do it. Know what’s truly crazy? Cutting the budgets of heroic front line health care providers anyway, even as more people need our help.

The trauma of the pandemic has increased demand for counseling and other mental health services, and providers are struggling to stay afloat. It’s time for the federal and state governments to invest in mental health services so people with mental illness can get the help they need in their own communities, and live their most fulfilling lives. 

David Woodlock, president and CEO, Institute for Community Living

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