A four-part series examining the woeful state of mental health care in the United States, with detailed descriptions of the history of mental health care and why it's failed, how it has impacted the numbers of homeless on the streets and the jail and prison populations, and a look at programs that are working in this country and elsewhere.
Marcia gives an overview of the book:
"Even with all of today's medical advances, recognizing, diagnosing and treating the severely mentally ill in this country takes an average of 10 years, experts say. Almost without exception, they are 10 years of heartache and frustration for the mentally ill and their families. Add to that lack of funding for adequate care and treatment of the mentally ill, nearly a quarter of whom end up in the criminal justice system, and you have a recipe for disaster."