Audit: Maricopa County failing growing number of mental-health patients

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PHOENIX -- As the number of mentally ill people in Maricopa County continues to grow, the county's ability to offer services and care is becoming more and more strained.

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Audit: Maricopa County failing growing number of mental-health patients - As the number of mentally ill people in Maricopa County continues to grow, the county's ability to offer services and care is becoming more and more strained.

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According to new estimates, there are some 23,000 metal-health patients in Maricopa County. That number, which is up a whopping 94 percent since 2000, is expected to grow another 45 percent by 2015.

The county is already struggling to care for the patients it has, and most of them aren't getting better. According to an annual state audit, the system fails more than 80 percent of its patients.

State officials say they just don't have the resources required to provide necessary care.

Among other things, the audit shows that the system is not providing stable housing or jobs for its patients.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.