An estimated 3.6 million American adults with severe mental illness do not receive treatment in any given 12-month period.
Some of these people eventually seek treatment voluntarily. Others stabilize without treatment. The Treatment Advocacy Center exists to make treatment possible for the rest - the people most at risk for arrest, incarceration, homelessness, victimization, suicide and other violence and all the other consequences of non-treatment.
Here’s what we did in 2013 to advance the goal of reducing barriers to treatment and recovery for people with the most severe mental illnesses.
- ADVOCATED for improved mental illness treatment policies in more than half the states.
- WROTE, REVISED OR PROMOTED legislation that put new or improved laws on the books in nine states. In a typical year, fewer than five of the bills we advocate for make it over all the hurdles into law.
- DEDICATED ONE TEAM MEMBER to reducing the consequences of untreated mental illness by promoting greater use of assisted outpatient treatment in states that already have good laws authorizing use of AOT.
- RAISED PUBLIC AWARENESS of critical mental illness issues by supplying media and others with TAC experts and resources on topics such as the catastrophic loss of psychiatric beds, preventable tragedies associated with non-treatment, the criminalization of psychaitric disease and public policies that need to be improved.
- SAVED LIVES and families through the laws and public policies our advocacy has already improved.
As much progress as there has been, much more is needed. By making a gift to the Treatment Advocacy Center today, you can help us carry the momentum of 2013 into the new year and make treatment possible for more of the people with severe mental illness who are least able to help themselves.
Your gift of any size will help. Please give today by clicking here to make an online donation or to find mail-in instructions.
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THANK YOU for helping us make treatment possible!