Governors' Offensive Against Mental Ills
Promise of more adequate and effective handling of one of today's most perplexing social problems was given early this year when a special state governors' conference was held at Detroit to launch what Gov. Williams of Michigan called “the most determined attack ever made against ailments of the human mind.” Calling of the conference reflected widespread concern over the growing prevalence of mental illness. It reflected also a realization that the financial burdens imposed on limited state health budgets by mental illness will keep on mounting unless more vigorous preventive and curative measures are instituted.
The great majority of seriously deranged persons must be cared for in public institutions. Cost to taxpayers for care and treatment of mental patients already runs ...