|Paul Schmidt's death revealed gaps in the system.|
Monday, October 14, 2013
There was time to help Paul Schmidt, but county politics got in the way. For decades, Milwaukee County politicians have ignored calls to build a better system of mental health care in the community.
Milwaukee County's mental health system focuses less on continual care and more on emergency treatment than any in the nation. Despite scandals, studies and promises of reform, the system is like many of its patients: It never gets better.
Read: Chronic Crisis-A System That Doesn't Heal
The Journal Sentinel has investigated flaws and abuses of Milwaukee County's mental health system for more than a decade.
Posted by Karen Easter, Mental Health Advocate for Assisted Outpatient Treatment at 8:00 PM