The Detroit Free Press cited a study done by Brant Fries, Ph.D., research professor in U-M’s Institute of Gerontology.
The Free Press story on Nov. 27 was about Michigan’s rate of incarcerating mentally ill people. A University of Michigan study last year found that more than 20% of the state’s prisoners had severe mental disabilities — and far more were mentally ill. The same study found that 65% of prisoners with several mental disabilities had received no treatment in the previous 12 months.
Fries was principal investigator of the study and also is a professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health. Fries also has an appointment at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.