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Resource ID: #27226
Subject: Mental Health
Source: TBTimes & Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Date: 2024-02-22



Each year, Florida courts send thousands of patients to live in state-funded mental hospitals. They go because they are seriously ill, mentally broken and potentially dangerous. They need round-the-clock care to avoid hurting themselves or someone else. But in Florida, the care that patients, their families - and society - count on has given way to state-run chaos. Over the past six years, Florida has tried to run these hospitals on the cheap, quietly stripping them of $100 million in funding in order to plug holes in more politically popular programs. The result: mental patients are warehoused, cared for by startlingly few trained workers, and living in a violent environment that has led to the death and injury of patients and staff. And the state has kept it all secret.

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