The firm specializes in advocacy for those suffering from
serious mental illnesses, their families and their communities.
Things you should know:
How many people have any type of mental illness?
Approximately 18% of the population have a mental illness.
How many people have serious mental illnesses?
Approximately 4% of the population have a serious mental illness.
How many people with serious mental illnesses are receiving treatment?
Approximately 60% are receiving treatment, but 40% of people with serious mental illnesses are not receiving treatment.
What is a Serious Mental Illness?
In 1993, the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMS) identified adults with SMI as persons who are:
(1) age 18 and over, who currently or at any time during the past year;
(2) have had a diagnosable, mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); and
(3) that has resulted in functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
Law Office of Mary T Zdanowicz LLC
P.O. Box 1937, N. Eastham, MA 02651