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Resource ID: #16269
Subject: Mental Health
Source: WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
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Date: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 1999

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WOOD-TV "followed the lives of some mentally ill people over a period of more than two years to expose failures of the Michigan mental health system. We found that the closing of state mental hospitals in tune with the philosophy of returning people to be treated in the community fails some who have the least support... The county jail has become a substitute mental hospital for mentally ill people; the center of a cycle for people who stop taking their medication once they are released to the street, offend again and are returned to jail. Some drop out and go untreated because the system makes little effort to bring them back...."

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