Helping a loved one who is experiencing a severe mental illness, especially someone who may not realize they are sick, is one of the greatest gifts you can give. For some, it may mean the difference between life and tragedy. ~ Treatment Advocacy Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was created by Congress to “reduce the impact of … mental illness on America’s communities”. Congress directed it “to target … mental health services to the people most in need”. SAMHSA has failed to do either.
SAMHSA largely ignores the most significant impacts of mental illness on the communities, specifically violence, incarceration, hospitalization, homlessness and suicide. Instead, SAMHSA focuses on metrics like 'feeling of empowerment' 'hopefullness' and other softer outcomes.
SAMHSA also ignores the "people most in need", i.e, the 5-9% NIMH defines as having serious mental illness. Instead, SAMHSA focuses on "improving mental wellness" for all Americans. This leaves the seriously ill underserved.
Some Examples of SAMHSA Mismanagement
SAMHSA supports and funds groups that don’t believe mental illness exists.
SAMHSA refuses to support evidence based programs that do reduce violence, incarceration, hospitalization and homlessness like Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Read more here: SAMHSA FAILS SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL
Karen Easter, Mental Health Advocate for Assisted Outpatient Treatment