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USA Today: The cost of not caring: Nowhere to go

The financial and human toll for neglecting the mentally ill.

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

A man-made disaster

A mental health system drowning from neglect

Karen Kelley is one of about 10 million people who suffer from mental illness. The cost is staggering, and could never account for the emotional toll, since that could never be fully calculated.

More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows.

The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hard in emergency rooms, county jails and city streets. The lucky ones find homes with family. The unlucky ones show up in the morgue.  Full Story >>>