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2017 FIGURES FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)


THAT'S 1 in 5 NEARLY


Adults live with a mental illness in the United States.


OF THOSE ADULTS,


~11.2 MILLION


LIVE WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS SMI? WHAT IS AN


  disorder resulting in serious  which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.”


18.9% 46.6


- OR - U.S. ADULTS


PREVALENCE OF SMI AMONG ADULTS:


5.6% 2.7%


7.5%


• Ages 18-25 • Ages 26-49 • Ages 50+


PREVALENCE OF SMI AMONG


WOMEN & MEN 5.7% 3.3% SOURCE: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml


assessments and collecting debts, contain little mention of the conduct of individuals. The Washington Condominium Act, for example, states that “[t]o the extent that any common expense is caused by the misconduct of any unit owner, the association may assess that expense against the owner's unit.” That may be helpful if an owner causes damages that need to be repaired, but it is not particularly useful when an owner is acting erratically, disrupting meetings or making other residents feel threatened.


In most cases when an association is confronted with a  governing documents to see if there is some guidance. With mental health issues, however, another question  should be whether there is a danger to any individual, including the person in question.


CONTACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT If there is a foreseeable harm to someone (including any direct or indirect threats),


law enforcement should be contacted immediately. An association and its members have a relationship requiring boards to exercise reasonable care to protect residents and guests from foreseeable harm. Contacting law enforcement where there is a threat to a member of the community is part of the exercise of that reasonable care.


Unfortunately, contacting law enforcement can have wildly inconsistent results. In my experience, it may result in a wellness check, simply taking a report over the phone,


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MILLION OF ALL


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