Mental Health: Pay Now -- or Later?

Cash-strapped states that are slashing funding for the care of the mentally ill could be sorry down the road

Before the bad news arrived earlier this month, Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare in Portland offered community housing and emergency services to about 8,000 Oregonians who suffer from addictions and mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress. Then effective Mar. 1, the state of Oregon, in a desperate attempt to balance its budget, declared some patients ineligible for Cascadia's government-financed care.

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