More Dollars Dedicated for Serious Mental Illness Research is Needed

Association For The Chronically Mentally Ill (ACMI) believes there is sea change going on around mental illness and what has worked and what has areas for improvement.  Among the most promising changes is that SAMSHA and mental health “think tanks” as well as community-based organizations like ACMI are discussing the need for additional research on […]

Bedlam- An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis Review

 From Bedlam- When Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg trained as a psychiatrist in the late 1980s, the state mental hospitals, which had reached peak occupancy in the 1950s, were being closed at an alarming rate, with many patients having nowhere to go. There has never been a more important time for this conversation, as one in five […]

Jail is not the right place for many mentally ill persons in Arizona

While some folks that suffer from mental illness may also suffer from personality disorders or violent tendencies, most persons with mental illness are not violent perpetrators when treated appropriately. For individuals that have a mental illness but do not have violent or personality disorder which predispose them to violent tendencies, they should not be in […]

Were They Listening in at Our ACMI Meetings? How Two Separate Working Groups Came up with Very Similar Recommendations

The Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill (ACMI) was created approximately two years ago by families with children that have serious mental illness and strong advocates that work helping such families. All board members are volunteers, and none work for any behavioral agency nor receive monies from AHCCCS or any provider agency.      The stories […]

Tragic Endings as the Current Behavioral Health Systems and Mental Health Community Believes that the Status Quo is Ok

Cheryl Roberts of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice has been working for many years to provide an alternative to incarceration for individuals that are treatment resistant.  “For those who refuse treatment, like Santos, the default is often the streets. Yet undeterred by this reality, the public fails to fund robust supportive housing […]

Can Trieste Model Work in Los Angeles?

We mentioned Trieste Italy in an earlier blog. How are People with Serious mental Illness Faring in our Jails? Trieste is a city and a seaport in northeastern Italy. The metropolitan population of Trieste is 410,000, with the town comprising about 240,000 inhabitants. Trieste has a culture that embraces its most vulnerable people and, as a community, […]

Dr. Torrey emphasizes Five Key Issues American Psychiatry got Wrong

ACMI’s Mission We work with stakeholders to improve care for persons suffering from chronic serious mental illness through cost-effective network enhancements: (a) a person-centered culture (instead of program-centered), (b) financial & other incentives, based on performance & outcomes, for providers to better serve this population; (c) more Lighthouse- like homes, i.e. community living properties with 24-hours […]

Homelessness- When the Cause is Untreated Serious Mental Illness….

There are tent cities under freeway structures and along various streets. People that self-organized in the popup tent compounds are most likely not individuals suffering from untreated serious mental illness. I believe that persons in the tent communities are far more likely to be homeless due to affordability, addiction, or past felony convictions (which make […]

In What Way is the Head Not as Important as the Body?

As we wrote about in our August 2019 blog, “What are the consequences of an inadequate number of long term public psychiatric inpatient beds?“; we seem to have no shortage of short term stay private pay psychiatric hospitals, but we still lack the long-term public beds. Until we repeal the IMD exclusion, there will be […]

The jail rethink we really need: Other places have a saner way to handle the mentally ill cycling in and out of lockup

Chuck and I had an opportunity to meet with Cheryl Roberts and Francis J. Greenberger while in New York City this past fall.  We discussed their pilot program to develop an alternative to incarceration pilot facility to provide a secure “locked” therapeutic environment for those with serious and or chronic mental illness or personality disorders. […]