Tell the U.S. Surgeon General:

Mass Incarceration
of the Mentally Ill
is a Public Health Crisis

According to the government website:

As America’s doctor, the U.S. Surgeon General is focused on improving the country’s health. The Surgeon General communicates the best available scientific information to the public, reaching them where they live, work, and play, and issues scientific documents on critical public health issues.

However, there is widespread evidence that millions of Americans are incarcerated annually due to poorly managed mental health – a health care issue. Jails and prisons are the largest mental health facilities in the nation yet the U.S. Surgeon General has not identified the disentangling of mental health and criminal justice as a national public health priority.

Isn’t it time for the U.S. Surgeon General to acknowledge the mental health crisis that is ruining millions of lives, disgracing us as a nation, and undermining the strength of our economy?

Tell U.S. Surgeon General that we must treat the incarceration of people with mental illnesses as a health crisis.


VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H
U.S. Surgeon General

ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health

Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health
and Substance Use

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