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Seriously Mentally Ill Are Three Times More Likely To Be Imprisoned Than Hospitalized, Report Finds

USA Today: "On average, a seriously mentally ill person in the USA is three times more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized, a report concludes today. In no state was a seriously mentally ill person - someone with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, for example - less likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized, the report by the National Sheriffs' Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center found. But there were wide variations among states. In North Dakota, a seriously mentally ill person was equally likely to be hospitalized as incarcerated. But in Nevada and Arizona, such a person was nearly 10 times more likely to be jailed than hospitalized. ... The report was based on previously unpublished 2004-2005 data from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Justice" (Rubin, 5/11). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.