In America today, the largest mental health service providers are often county jails. The South Dakota State Legislature has focused efforts to study access to mental health services in the state this summer. Committees are set to provide recommendations before the 2020 legislative session. The challenges in South Dakota are not unique. Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg's 2019 book called "Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America's Mental Health Crisis" gives readers an inside look at the expansive social crisis that is mental health in America. Dr. Rosenberg interviewed hundreds of people about serious mental illnesses for the book which serves as an urgent wake-up call for rethinking how we care for families impacted by mental illness.
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