excerpt from Huffington Post article 6/ 7/11:
Outpatient mental health services in this country don’t work very well, despite the dedicated people who work for them. The result is that early intervention and the provision of comprehensive, continuous, proven (evidence-based) treatments is being delivered to less than 20 percent (!) of people who need it. That means more than four out of five people are not getting what they need for their illness and recovery. Lack of good care coupled with lack of housing are the principal drivers for the clinical deterioration, chronic homelessness, use of jails and prisons as institutions to contain people with mental disorders, and suicidal and violent behaviors among those who are mentally ill.