Don’t live in Florida if you have any mental illness:
Inmates at the Orange County Jail too often find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of imprisonment – homeless and often suffering mental illness, they get arrested if they act out on the streets. Then, when they’re released, the cycle simply starts over.
And it isn’t helped by how tight Florida’s wallet is when it comes to spending for mental health needs.
A study by the Florida Policy Institute states that in 2014, the last time the data was collected, only $36.05 per person was spent on mental health needs in Florida, putting us dead last in the entire country. That’s even less than the 2012 per-person spending, which was $37.28.
By contrast, Maine spent the most in the nation – $362.75 per person was spent on mental health in 2014, up from $338 in 2012.
The United States average for mental health spending in 2014 was $125.90 per person, the study says, which is more than three times what Florida spent.
Another number that paints Florida in a negative light is how many uninsured people are living with mental illness. In the FPI’s 2017 “Report of Mental Health America,” it’s reported that there were approximately 594,000 in the state fitting that criteria, making Florida the third worst in the nation.
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