There are insufficient support services in the community for the estimated 3.2 million American adult household population with the diagnosis of serious mental illness. (This is a 1992 estimate of The Centers for Disease Control.) Mental health support services are available in some locales from community organizations.
The average annual cost to taxpayers per person served with community supports $1,693*
*In Florida in 1994, (see paragraph at left) 260,000 people received community support services at a cost of $440.2 million taxpayer dollars.