Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care

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This report highlights that the systemic indifference of the mental health system would not be tolerated in the treatment of other conditions; people with other serious illnesses are treated with respect and care. They and their families are supported in care and recovery. Many people with mental illness are handcuffed during psychiatric crises, discharged to parking lots, jailed, turned away from services and left to live on the streets. Many never experience what should be the most basic standard of care in the mental health system: a healing connection with a mental health professional, dignity, respect and a sense of hope.

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