Mental Health: Polk Vision report shows homeless are most vulnerable population – Yahoo News

LAKELAND — In the last year, a grand jury described Florida's mental illness treatment system as “a sad state” and one that has “urgent problems."
In Polk County, mental health treatment stakeholders finished a year-long study recently that shows one in seven of your friends, neighbors and co-workers indicate that they live with depression or are otherwise at risk for behavioral health challenges.
Nationally, nearly half (45%) of people experiencing homelessness suffer from a mental health challenge; approximately 35% exhibit symptoms of a serious mental illness — schizophrenia, bipolar and/or major depression — compared to only 6% among the general population.
"Given the size of the homeless population in Polk County, this is a significant subpopulation needing focused support," the report states. “Patients’ families aren’t trained and don’t know how to take care of their loved ones, so the patient gets kicked out of the house and they end up homeless.”
Want to read more stories like this?: Read every story in our Mental Health series
Mental health in Florida: System ‘a sad state’ with devastating consequences, report says
• 563 people are homeless in Polk County;
• 80 of them are chronically without shelter;
• And 35% — nearly 200 — of them exhibit symptoms of a serious nature mental illness, like schizophrenia, bipolar or major depression
• 90% of people surveyed said there needs to be more help for the homeless in Polk.
"Getting people a home, into therapy is next to impossible,” the Polk Vision report states. "It’s hard to track someone who is homeless. Harder for homeless to have paperwork, harder to find documents. (makes it difficult for intake)"
People surveyed said there needs to be more shelters or places for the homeless to get off the street, even during the day. And there needs to be more recovery houses for those with mental health and substance abuse, with people who can help them get medications and teach them how to become more independent.
One subject that came up from service providers was the sexual abuse of the homeless.
“Many homeless have a history of sexual abuse or assault, and substance use disorder," the report states. "Such a high percentage of the men who came into the office were sexually abused by fathers, uncles, or while in jail. Healthcare needs to deal with the trauma and urgency of the situation, and not put them in a place where people don’t understand homelessness – it's not one size fits all.”
Polk County’s Peace River Center offers a 24-Hour Emotional Support and Crisis Line: 863-519-3744 or toll-free at 800-627-5906.
Ledger reporter Kimberly C. Moore can be reached at [email protected] or 863-802-7514. Follow her on Twitter at @KMooreTheLedger.
This article originally appeared on The Ledger: Mental Health: Polk Vision report shows homeless are most vulnerable population
"I don't see that it's about public safety," Republican Rep. Debbie Villio said about the slow pace of expanding Louisiana's medical cannabis program.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday visited a General Motors electric vehicle plant in Detroit, where he talked up how the newly enacted infrastructure law aims to boost the EV industry — and touted reports that his agenda won't worsen inflation.
Enbridge digs deep in its spat with Michigan’s governor.
The White House is welcoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for a meeting to discuss regional issues. On the domestic front, Mr. Biden is continuing to promote the infrastructure law, a major legislative victory for his administration. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins CBSN to discuss the latest headlines out of Washington.
The former detective said she “involved herself in protecting the legal interest of a crime victim,” according to court documents.
(Bloomberg) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met Thursday to discuss the need to boost the nation’s debt ceiling sometime around mid-December.Most Read from BloombergStartup Fever Is Gripping the World’s Last Big Untapped NationA Denser City, But at What Cost?An Oil Company Went Up in Flames, Burning Lenders and the PlanetHong Kong's New Museum Tries to Please Art World — and BeijingElizabeth Holmes Faces Last-Ditch Chance to Testify at TrialThe meeting
The bill was passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate, and is now on President Joe Biden’s desk waiting to be signed.
UPDATED with Telemundo statement: NBCUniversal has extended one of its key sports properties, Premier League soccer, for another six years. From the 2022-23 season through 2028, 380 matches will be carried across the company’s broadcast, cable and streaming outlets. Games will be on NBC, USA Network, Peacock, Telemundo, Universo, and other places to be announced. […]
The Drug Enforcement Administration reported seven Southern California arrests and $50k seized in sting operation.
In an emergency meeting Tuesday, the University of Florida Faculty Senate voted to urge the university administration to bring in an independent group to investigate whether any undue influence from outside groups is affecting UF’s academic freedom.
The defense attorney representing William Bryan has attempted to get Black pastors Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton tossed from the courtroom.
Friend of the show Adam Driver stops by with a preview of his new film, "House of Gucci," and makes the impossible choice between which is better, Italian and French food. Stick around for part two of this delicious interview with Adam Driver. #Colbert #HouseOfGucci #AdamDriver
Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Tuesday that it would test a nasal vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.
U.S. President Joe Biden will pardon two turkeys from Indiana named Peanut Butter and Jelly at the White House on Friday, carrying on a decades-old Thanksgiving tradition. The birds, perched on side-by-side hotel-style beds with crested headboards, were featured in a short video the White House tweeted out Thursday, exactly a week before the holiday, which falls on Nov. 25 this year. In 1947, President Harry Truman was the first recipient of a bird gifted by America's turkey farmers, a tradition that continued.
“Stable housing is a critical element of healthcare,” said the interim director of the Department of Behavioral Services.
A federal move to promote texting the national suicide hotline for help could strain crisis center capacity.Why it matters: Texting can make reaching help more accessible for vulnerable communities, including young people and members of the LGBTQ community, but many insist the system will need more resources.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Driving the news: The FCC is expected to vote Thursday to require phone companies to route "988" text messages to t
The Jeffersontown Police Department said six people are charged in connection with stolen catalytic converters worth over $100,000.
Wasting little time, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law four bills that offset federal mask and vaccine mandates less than 12 hours after state lawmakers passed the legislation along mostly party lines.
Kyle Anderson serves as a perfect window with which to view the tension that lingers beneath this up-and-down start to the NBA season in Memphis.
Grace Meng, the wife of former Interpol president Meng Hongwei, lashed out at the Chinese government in a scathing interview.