People with mental illness are not getting the proper care in this country.. Many people that are mentally ill can’t help themselves. They can only be admitted to a mental facility without their consent if they are a threat to themselves or to others. This law doesn’t allow families to help their loved ones to get the proper care. Do they have to hurt somone or themselves? Do they have to be homeless? Inorder to get help. This is insane. Even mental health professionals if they believe a patient would benefit from inpatient care at a hospital, they have to show that this person is a threat to themselves or to somone else. When a person is admitted to a mental health care facility the average stay is 3 to 7 days. At that point they are let go as an out patient. Even if a patient would benefit from a longer stay. A number of health care professionals that I have spoken to in major hospitals such as Weil Cornel and McClean have expressed that the mental health care in this country is at a crisis level.