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Broader range of care needed to treat those with mental illness

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Across our state, the toll of mental illness is high. Nearly half of adults with a mental health condition have a substance use disorder, while nearly 10 million Americans consider suicide each year. Here in Arizona, the suicide rate is 60 percent higher than the national average. There are many contributing factors such as depression, drugs or access to care.

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County accused of letting mentally ill inmates languish

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Lawyers pressing a decades-old lawsuit over conditions in metro Phoenix's jail system say inmates with serious mental illnesses are suffering needlessly because authorities aren't bringing them to outside treatment centers, often leaving them to languish in lockdown cells where they suffer from extreme isolation.

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