Budget cuts and years of neglect have turned Florida's mental hospitals into killing grounds

A team of investigative reporters at The Tampa Bay Times uncover the ways budget cuts and years of neglect have turned Florida’s mental hospitals into killing grounds: Insane. Invisible. In Danger.


FLORIDA’S STATE-FUNDED MENTAL HOSPITALS are supposed to be safe places to house and treat people who are a danger to themselves or others.

But years of neglect and $100 million in budget cuts have turned them into treacherous warehouses where violence is out of control and patients can’t get the care they need.

Since 2009, violent attacks at the state’s six largest hospitals have doubled.

Nearly 1,000 patients ordered to the hospitals for close supervision managed to injure themselves or someone else.

It’s such a shame that mental illness issues in our government take such little significance. This is horrible.

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