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Living with mental illness and disability
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Pete Feigal of St. Paul discusses his experiences in the Minnesota mental health system. (Midmorning)

Prescription for an ill system
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Human Services Commissioner Kevin Goodno and Sue Abderholden of the Natinal Alliance for the Mentally Ill. (Midday)

Mental health courts
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Hennepin County District Judge Richard Hopper, who played a key role in setting up the court. (Morning Edition - 2/10/04)
A Bad State of Mind: Minnesota's Fractured Mental Health System
In Minnesota, families in crisis may have to wait months for treatment of mental health diseases, and health care organizations are closing mental health treatment facilities even as the rates of mental health disease soar. Some mental health experts say the state is "a basket case" when it comes to providing proper treatment.

Go to story Document An "ugly" process

People who have a mental illness and their advocates say they often don't know where to turn to get the best level of care for their child. The state's system of care is disjointed and confusing.
Go to story Document A needless suffering
A teenager's three-month wait to get help typifies the mental health system in Minnesota. In the meantime, a family suffers.
Go to story Document On the front lines
A psychiatrist in St. Cloud is going to great lengths to teach pediatricians and family members how to treat mental illnesses. Many health care providers say they are too exhausted and too worried about being sued.
Go to story Document Struggles of the elderly
Clinical depression is more common in the elderly than once thought. Older patients, however, are often in denial, trained geriatric psychiatrists are in short supply, and steep Medicare co-pays often prevent effective treatment.
Go to story Document Navigating the system; managing the illness
Some people with mental illness say they're able to better navigate the system by being strong advocates, having a strong group of family and friends and by having an incredible amount of luck.
Go to story Document People who make a difference
In a fractured system, leadership often comes at the "grassroots" levels. Those most familiar with living with mental illness find themselves teaching the professionals and health care workers about it.

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