Changing The Face Of Mental Health

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Changing The Face of Mental Health
Crystelle Rivas
Kaplan University Changing The Face of Mental Health
Mental illness plays a significant role in homelessness across America. Nearly “25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness” (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Because people with severe mental handicaps have a harder time integrating into society without the help of trained professionals, a large number of these individuals become homeless or have placement issues. For this reason, mental health centers have been placed in communities across the country in an effort to give these people a foundation for growth and recovery. Since the mental health centers have limited hours with licensed therapists on hand, a specialized program is needed to help the mentally disabled when they need it most. By placing a small group of five distinctively qualified, passionate therapists, who can offer a smile and familiar face during times of crisis, and overwhelming stress, these individuals can get off the streets and receive help that will change their lives forever. Before this can be addressed on a larger national level this paper will focus on the needs and resources of the community in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Before the community’s mental health center was established, the only other option for mentally ill patients to get help was at the Milwaukee County Asylum for the Chronic Insane in Wauwatosa, a thirty-minute…
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