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America's mental health care crisis
November 26th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

America's mental health care crisis

Warning signs missed, cries for help ignored – it is a story at the heart of the Newtown school shooting and the Creigh Deeds attempted murder-suicide. But the truth is, it happens across the country. Ten percent of all homicides in the U.S. are committed by people with untreated mental illnesses, and at least 450,000 mentally ill Americans are living in jails and prisons because public resources have been cut. While the full picture is only beginning to emerge, it is becoming increasingly clear: America has a mental health care crisis.

Our reporters and expert guests looked into the system that is supposed to treat some of society's most vulnerable and found some disturbing results.

CNN's Brian Todd investigates the state of the mental health care system in the United States and finds experts pleading for more resources.

Jim Acosta talks to Dr. Drew Pinsky, Sheriff Tom Dart, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal about the state of our crumbling mental health care system and its effects on the rest of society.

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  1. e-man

    Guess this blows the NRA's constant talking point out of the water. To hear the NRA tell it, 100% of all murders are at the hands of the mentally crazed. Another NRA lie, exposed.

    November 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    If you factor in the FOX news viewing audience in the statistics, you realize the percent is much greater. The Question is how do we find a cure for these people that hate the poor, the Mexicans , Black people, our President and Democrats. Hate is eating away at their minds and generating mental illness as a result.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm |

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