Pete Earley

Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and author of CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness, which was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.

Recent Articles

Finding Funding

States should link mental-health funding to dedicated revenue sources independent of the political whims of legislators. Here are some creative examples.

Longtime mental-health advocate Rusty Selix Jr. believed in 1999 that California had found the key to ending chronic homelessness among people with serious mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major and severe depression. The solution was targeting them with a rich array of individual and intensive services, including better case management, help in securing federal entitlements, access to medications, supportive housing, and employment. Selix and other advocates persuaded the state Assembly that year to fund a $10 million pilot program in three counties, including Los Angeles, to test the treatment regime. The results were stunning. Homelessness among the study population was reduced by 73.5 percent, hospitalizations decreased by 65 percent, and those mentally ill people who were hospitalized spent half as many days as before in psychiatric wards. There were 80 percent fewer arrests, too, and the length of time that mentally ill homeless people were...