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A Closer Look (Cost of Caring: Mental Health) #184153

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 13, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics on the cost of treating mental disorders cited.

(Los Angeles: Judy Muller) One woman's struggle to treat her daughter's bipolar disorder featured; details given of the problems in getting access to available mental health care. [Parent Sondra BEN NA EIM - describes trying to take care of her daughter's psychiatric problems.] [Attorney Melinda BIRD - says the daughter has the right to care.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The government's deinstitutionalization of mental care patients since the 1960s recalled.

(Memphis: Michele Norris) A program in Memphis, Tennessee, to help the homeless who are mentally ill featured; scenes shown from the city's drop-in center where the staff helps the homeless manage their mental illnesses. [Public defender Stephen BUSH - comments.] [Case worker Faye STEWART - describes the opportunities for the homeless.] [Calvary Street Ministry executive director Malcolm McRAE - says the hard part in creating a safe atmosphere.] [Homeless man "ROBERT" - speaks about trust.]

Jennings, Peter;
Muller, Judy;
Norris, Michele

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