Following are highlights from the report of the President's Commission on Mental Health: PROBLEM
One out of every seven Americans needs some form of mental health care.
One of out of every 35 Americans is mentally retarded.
Of an estimated 2 million Americans who would be diagnosed as schizophrenic in any one year, about 600,000 receive active treatment.
Symptoms of depression are common, affecting as many as 20 per cent of the population at any one time. The rates of depression are highest in women, in non-whites, in separated and divorced people, the poor and the less educated.
Other emotional problems affect as many as another 25 per cent of the population at any one time. SOLUTIONS
Federal grants of $75 million in the first year and $100 million for each of the next two years to increase the member of community mental health centers in the United States.
Development of a national plan to phase down and close large state mental hospitals to be replaced by community mental health centers.
Including mental health care in any plan for national health insurance. Amend Medicare and Medicaid legislation to cover use of community mental health centers.
Increase federal investment in mental health manpower training and research.Raise training funds in fiscal 1980 to $85 million, increase National Institute of Mental Health research budget by $30 million to $185.4 million, boost alcohol research spending by $9 million to $0.2 million, and drug abuse research by $9 million to $55 million.