Diversion programs direct people with mental illness who have been arrested or are incarcerated for non-violent offenses to effective community-based programs that combine treatment with supportive housing, as well as medication management and employment assistance.
Tara Culp-Ressler: 44 states and the District of Columbia have at least one jail that houses more people with mental illnesses than the largest state psychiatric hospital does.
Wilson Riles: The U.S. must drop its false sense of superiority and exceptionalism born of racism and imperialism.
Charley James: If it was not for the financial floor provided by Social Security and Medicare, there is a significant risk that many of the nation’s elderly would be destitute, sick and homeless.
Charley James: I’ll never forget the eyes of the men with whom I’d be spending the night. The blank stares on some, the hollow look in others, those that were wary and weary, those that revealed fear bordering on terror, a few reflected hatred of who knows what.
Friday Feedback: Providing basic housing for veterans suffering from severe mental illness is the least we can do for the sacrifices they’ve made.
Andy Love: This is the 37th execution in the United States in 2011, the sixth in Alabama, which has the highest execution rate per capita in the country.
Wendy McElroy: A new slate of drugs now addresses a wide range of so-called disorders, or dysfunctions, that former generations considered environmental problems or lifestyle choices: from obesity to attention deficit, from erectile dysfunction to social anxiety (shyness), from menopause to alcoholism.