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How the Mental Health Industry Shuns the Seriously Mentally Ill (Guest: DJ Jaffe)

June 12, 2018

DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, joins the show to discuss how the mental health industry purposefully ignores those with serious mental illnesses.

DJ Jaffe is executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, a non-partisan advocacy organization for the seriously mentally ill that produces policy analysis for legislators, mental health advocates, and the media. The Heartland Institute's health care Research Fellow Sarah Lee sits down with him to discuss how the seriously mentally ill are often forgotten as the mental health profession, legislators, and the public increasingly lump all mental health illnesses together. Jaffe says this is a mistake that leads to crucial resources and funding flowing away from the seriously mentally ill who need it — and who are often the most violent — and flowing toward milder conditions such as anxiety, bullying, or gender identity issues. However, he says there is hope, and this podcast explores what he thinks can be done.

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.