Hot Topic: Too little mental health care? - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Hot Topic: Too little mental health care?

In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, a health care professional says too many guns are not the issue, too little mental health care is. That's according to a report on FOX News.

Dr. Keith Ablow says focusing on gun control distracts public officials from the real work that must be done, repairing a shattered mental health care system.

He says a mentally ill person with a known "propensity for violence" is likely to receive just an hour of counseling in a week by a social worker.

He cites several issues, among them the dismantling of inpatient psychiatric hospitals and changes in health coverage by insurance companies.

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