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Old 10-13-2012, 06:55 AM   #17
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^^ Not worse at all, actually. Laws now require parity for mental health care and general medical care, de-institutionalization has certainly not cured schizophrenia but means that large state hospitals that warehoused up to 7000 patients each half a century ago now sometimes house 300, the rest being in far more humane community residences. There's always been a tiny percentage of that population that commits violence (psychotics are actually statistically less likely to commit violence than the rest of us), you just hear about it constantly now when it happens because news programming occupied half an hour of the day before the 1980s, now it's 24 hours.
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