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Comment & Response
May 5, 2015

Expanding Long-term Care Options for Persons With Serious Mental Illness

Author Affiliations
  • 1President, Fountain House, New York, New York
JAMA. 2015;313(17):1755. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3497

To the Editor In their Viewpoint, Dr Sisti and colleagues1 addressed the need for expanded and cost-effective care options for people living with serious mental illness. As the authors pointed out, closing state psychiatric hospitals made prisons the new institutions. Although the authors noted that the best option for a person with serious mental illness is “assisted treatment in the community,” they appear to believe that current community-based programs are inadequate for the most seriously ill.