Treatment of Mental Illness Saves Your Taxpayer Dollars

Emerging research suggests outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems — and saves taxpayers money to boot.

Researchers looked at the extent to which treating mental illness can keep people with mental health problems out of trouble with the law.

“This study shows that providing mental health care is not only in the best interest of people with mental illness, but in the best interests of society,” said Sarah Desmarais, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State University and coauthor of the paper.

It is well-established that people with mental health problems — such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder — make up a disproportionate percentage of defendants, inmates and others who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

….“It costs about $10 less per day to provide treatment and prevent crime. That’s a good investment,” Desmarais said.

by Rick Nauert PhD, PsychCentral

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