Shame on us, but the truth is that some mentally ill children whose Indiana parents cannot afford treatment are put into the juvenile justice system or their parents plead guilty to neglect charges just to get them some professional help. That’s hard to believe, but these children essentially become juvenile delinquents in name only in order to be treated for a health problem.
It’s one of those absurdities in which if children are law-abiding but mentally ill, they might not be able to get help. But if they steal something, they could be ushered by the courts into the treatment they need.
Of course, this is the same system that finds jails today serving as major treatment centers for adult mentally ill citizens. You will find more mentally ill people in jail cells today than in hospital beds.
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