The system presents barriers that too often add to the burden of mental illnesses for individuals, their families, and communities
It is important to reduce the barriers that prevent homeless people with mental illness from accessing mental health services.
Homeless people with mental illness bear a heavier burden
Consequently homeless mentally ill persons have a high rate of arrests
The criminal justice system processes mentally ill people differently, being quicker to arrest and to incarcerate than those who are not mentally ill
The effects of poverty and inadequate housing are exacerbated by such problems as mental illness and substance abuse.