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Letters to the Editor
Crisis in Care
Psychiatric News
Volume 41 Number 1 page 35-35

It was disturbing to read the article "Abuse Said to Be Rampant in Turkey's Mental Hospitals" in the November 18, 2005, issue. The group Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI), which prepared the report on Turkey's psychiatric hospitals, should plan follow-up visits in a couple of years to monitor whether there has been any progress. I hope the MDRI will also plan similar visits to India in the near future.

While reading this story, I thought about the mental health situation in the United States in 2005. In my view it is worse than abusive. Here are the facts:

I have a serious suggestion, that is, that the MDRI conduct a survey of the homeless in the Washington, D.C., area and arrange survey visits to all the correctional facilities.

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