Schizophrenics disconnected from their doctors and heroin addicts cut off from methadone treatments are among Hurricane Katrina evacuees scattered from Houston to Chicago, mental-health officials say.
Efforts are under way to identify and assist thousands of mental-health patients and substance abusers believed to have been placed in shelters. Federal officials have distributed $600,000 in emergency grants for screenings and crisis counseling.
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Grohol, J. (2005). Hurricane Katrina: Mentally ill and addicts cut off from care. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/09/18/hurricane-katrina-mentally-ill-and-addicts-cut-off-from-care/