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tv   A Season for Prevention in Mental Health Care  CSPAN  April 24, 2016 10:50pm-11:01pm EDT

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c-span 3. >> monday night on the communicators, the safety and security of the he is -- u.s. electric grid is the topic of koppel. c anchor ted "lights out" examines the potential for cyber attacks on the u.s. electric grifmentd he looks at what could happen and the degree to which government agencies and electric companies are prepared to respond to an attack. >> the notion that you are going to give over control of the defense of your industry requires that you give up an awful lot of information that a lot of these companies do not want to give up. there was a bill passed last fall in the senate after years now has ing that private industry willing to pass on information to the
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government, but only after they have sanitized it. >> watch monday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span 2. > this year's c-span student cam competition features the "road to the white house." what issues do you want presidential candidates to discuss? on you of -- one of our entries is from jenks, oklahoma. ethan dennis wants presidential candidates to discuss mental illness. his video is titled, before the fall, a season for prevention in mental health care. >> last year i spent six months making a short film about michael stick, whose mentally ill son stabbed his mother
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while hallucinating. i spent six years wotching him in the system. i realized there were many other cases like the stick family. >> this has been the bloody summer of 2015 and although theories the incidents that get he headlines, it is a tiny fraction of the tragedies that occur in the area of mental illness that is untreated. >> mental illness is much more common than they -- we realize. >> typically we say it affects one out of four people. >> one in four people suffer from mental illness so if it was, one, two, three, four, it's you, sir. yeah, you with the weird teeth and you next to him. up know who you are. actually that whole row isn't right. that's not good. [laughter]
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>> since mental p illness affects so many people, shouldn't there be an effective system in place to treat it? the condition of mental health care actually varies a hot in -- from state to state because individual state governments are the ones that decide such things as funding. today i visited the state capitol in oklahoma city to attend a budget hearing to see what was going on with my state department fove -- for mental health care. >> there's no money out there. they say, there's no money so tell them to get over it. >> only 39.5% of our adults received treatment in the past year for their mental illness. citizens s 60% of needing mental health weren't getting the help they needed. >> it also accounts for 30% of the disability costs businesses
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have to come up with each year. >> most states just don't give much toward david cameronning -- taking care of the mentally il. >> what are the fishes -- issues that keep us from having an effective treatment system in place? what do you feel are the main issues with the way mental illness is treated now? >> oh, do you have a couple hours? i do -- could go on and list a list of them. >> i wish i had the answer to that question. then we could fix it. >> at the state budget hearing i sat in on, commissioner white spoke on what some be these issues actually are. >> the problem we have is that the door to get into the system is so narrow. 2/3 of oklahomaans are standing on the outside of the door that need help and only a third on the inside who need help. p >> people contact us and they're not sure where to turn. >> insurance in the past has not paid well for mental health services so it's more out of
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pocket expense for most people and it's not cheap. >> for those who get services the outcomes are really good. the problem is we don't let enough people through the front door to get the help they need. >> my 18th birthday is in summer 2016 which means i get to vote for -- in the 2016 general election. i did some research and the red a summary of all candidates' positions on mental health. the only time it's really been mentioned is when dodging questions of gone control. >> do we need to do a better job in mental health? you bet we do. >> it seems there is nothing like a mass shooting to spark interest in mental health. although it's worth noting that governor huckaby's state got a d minus on it while he was in
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office. you can't lecture people on the issue. it's like passionating electric eyring on english grammar by ying we need to work on word stuff. we need to get it did. >> it's still very stigmatized. >> if i walked up to you like this, you would likely understand i had a physical impairment and wouldn't think there was anything wrong with me as a person. but if i walked up to you like this wand -- and was suffering from a mental illness, you might not understand that i'm still suffering from something that's outside my control and you could easily interpret it as being in a bad mood or having a character flaufment >> staying -- stigma is a word that is lacking. prejudice, discrimination. those are words getting at the truth. >> the other reason mental
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illness typically goes unaddressed is it would lead to costs for the tax marries -- taxpayers. but it leads to costs no matter what. unfroonltdly if you are place y in a treatment for mental illness, you are probably dressed like this. >> this is a pop lindsay: people that people don't care about. so as a result of that, there are are -- are not the resources to care for them. you look at their background, they've been in here in jail 50, 60, some have been in here 40 time. >> you are saying the prisons and jails are the new asileums? >> exactly. in my home state the average cost of preventative treatment annual for a person is $2,000. the cost of one c-span prize award and the fan favorite award. however, the average cost of of
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incarcerating somebody is $19,000. you could have to win the c-span grand prize four times in a row to make that much money. >> it's a shame. the outcomes are terrible. we have to change. >> really, really, really good drowning people in the river, we don't seem to be law schoolcating -- good at law school kiting resources to keep them from falling in the river in the first place. >> it's an issue that can keep bringing more tragedy. we need to allocate more money and educating people on the real of mental illness. let's doing in -- something about this. >> to watch all the prize-winning dumenteries in this year's student cam competition, visit
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madame secretary, we proudly give 72 of our delgado -- delegate votes to the next president of the united states.
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corop. 2016] announcer: next, q&a with ron chernow talking about his biography of alexander amilton. then, and david cameron takes questions from the house of commons. after that, a news conference with president obama and angela merkel. >> this week on q&a, historian ron chernow. he talks about the hit broadway musical "hamilton" and the consulting work he did on it. the show's creator based the musician on mr. chernow's biography of alexander hamilton. brian: ron chernow, when did alexander hamilton first get on your radar? ron: i started writing about it in 1998. it seems rather comical because the reason i chose to do


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