Thousands With Mental Illness End Up Homeless, But There Are Approaches That Can Help Out
By Rick Jervis — August 28, 2014
Joggers trot along freshly paved paths, and sunbathers stretch out on the manicured grass of Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington.
More than 124,000 – or one-fifth – of the 610,000 homeless people across the USA suffer from a severe mental illness, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They’re gripped by schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression — all manageable with the right medication and counseling but debilitating if left untreated. In the absence of such care, their plight costs the federal government millions of dollars a year in housing and services and prolongs their disorders.