So many people with mental health issue fall through the cracks that they become a burden to everyone in their vicinity. Not only do we need more funds for taking care of these people, we need more funds for research so that mental illnesses can be treated better and those suffering from these illnesses can integrate back into society.
Today, we have gotten away from treating the mentally ill as the mentally ill. Instead, they just wait for them to commit crimes and then send them off to jail. It's unfortunate, because they don't get the treatment that they need in the justice system and then they just re-offend.
Yes, funding for mental health care and support service has decreased significantly over the years at a time when it is needed the most. I believe that this decrease is moving in the opposite direction from what is needed to help fragile populations of people who need help. Good mental health care requires a system that includes access to both medical monitoring and social support.
Yes, funding and assistance of all types for the mentally ill is woefully inadequate in Florida and other states. Unfortunately, mental illness is something we don't understand well. It is difficult to comprehend what is going on in someone's head and even harder to know how to fix it. As a result, we tend to shrink away and the result is a lack of funding, research and assistance for those who are mentally ill as well as for those who care for them.