You recognize in the last 50 years we have reduced our State hospital beds from 700,000 to 70,000 while growing a mentally ill prison population to over 1.2 million.
You recognize that 1 in 4 people or 26.2 % of our population (57 million) are dealing with a mental health issue.
You recognize that it is a fiscally responsible thing to spend money up front in mental health in order advert up to 10 times the cost down the road. When progressive mental health services are readily available it saves lives while adverting expenses of ER rooms, public defenders, judges, probation, and prisons. Recovered people also hold jobs and add to the tax base and inspire their peers that they can do the same!