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Caine Calls for Community Response To Crime and Mental Illness

Finding resources for the uninsured and talking about mental illness are two tools that need to be used in addressing mental illness and crime in Indiana. 

Marion County Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine says mental distress and illness may play roles in upwards of 50 percent of local criminal cases.  Dr. Caine addressed a meeting of community and public safety officials Tuesday. 

She says numerous issues like lack of health insurance and long waits for admission to mental health facilities make it difficult for people to get the care they need.  Dr. Caine says many of the homicides in Indianapolis continue to be linked to drug and alcohol abuse. 

Caine says depression and suicide are also issues that need to be addressed not only among criminally inclined, but society in general.  Dr. Caine says the community must come up with resources to help those in need as one way to address crime issues.  She adds talking about mental health is also important.

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