Published: Herald Independent, Oct. 28, 2011
As we consider the financial crises taking place in our state, there is a sector of our population that has perhaps taken the worst hit of all—the mentally ill and their families. newbalance 2018 It is a statistical fact that during economic downturns, those with mental illness suffer worse financial stress. The State of S.C. Chaussures NEW BALANCE has severely slashed the budget for the mentally ill – over 40 percent in the last three years, from $220 million to $130 million. Yet, the net result is that there are no actual savings for the tax payer! Consider that outpatient treatment comes to an annual expense of only $2,400 per individual. Unfortunately, when this treatment is not available to the mentally ill, it results in these individuals going to hospitals or prisons, which are a far worse and much more expensive environments to receive care. New Balance Baskets The Department of Corrections spends over $17,000 each year per inmate, and this is not taking into account police costs, court costs, public defenders, etc. soldes newbalance An estimated 55 percent of the prisoner population suffers from the medical issue of mental illness. solde newbalance map This leads to severe behavioral problems and, in some cases, suicide.