Communities now face a number of issues due to deinstitutionalization because many localities object

Communities now face a number of issues due to deinstitutionalization because many localities object

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Communities now face a number of issues due to deinstitutionalization because many  localities object to group homes and halfway houses being located in their communities.  Many wrongly believe that the mentallly ill are more likely to commit crimes. Because of  this misperception, as well as others, recovered mentally ill people, as well as those  diagnosed and in treatment, are still stigmatized and discriminated against. In addition,  turf wars can exist among mental-health professionals and over the use of drugs to  control problematic behaviors. Psychiatrists and other medical doctors can prescribe  drugs, while nonmedical professionals cannot. Insurance companies limit the kind of  professional mentally ill patients may see and the length and cost of treatment. All these  issues make it more difficult for mentally ill patients to get and remain in treatment. Some mental illnesses, such as paranoid schizophrenia, require drug treatment for 
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