When It Comes to Helping Mentally Ill Homeless Individuals, the Challenges Are Steep

“Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row, recalled one man who repeatedly refused treatment before dying on the street of a stroke… ‘What I’ve learned in 32 years is that the longer someone is on the street, the bigger mental health issue you’re going to find,’ Bales said. ‘There’s even a lot of head trauma that’s not accounted for, from being attacked, beaten, et cetera. That can cause behavioral issues permanently. None of us, including me, could make it more than a few days on the street without experiencing a mental health crisis.’”

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