Approximately 7.9 million American adults suffer from severe bipolar disorder or schizophrenia - 3.3 percent of the U.S. population, according to 2010 NIMH statistics.

Approximately 3.8 million of those adults are untreated in any given year - and substantial numbers of them end up homeless, in jails or prisons, completing suicide, committing acts of violence, being victimized, requiring hospitalization or suffering other negative consequences.

Severe mental illness is a debilitating brain disease with devastating consequences for individuals who suffer from it, their families and society as a whole. Yet barriers to its effective treatment persist. The Treatment Advocacy Center exists to promote laws, policies and practices that overcome those barriers.

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